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ANNAPURNA AND KATHRYN BIGELOW RETEAM ON FILM BASED ON NON-FICTION BOOK THE TRUE AMERICAN


 

LOS ANGELES, CA (May 14, 2014) – Academy Award-winning filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow and Annapurna Pictures have reteamed on a film based on the non-fiction book THE TRUE AMERICAN by NEW YORK TIMES journalist Anand Giridharadas. Tom Hardy is set to star. Bigelow will direct and produce the film through her production shingle, First Light. Annapurna’s Megan Ellison, who previously worked with Bigelow as a producer on ZERO DARK THIRTY, is set to produce. Annapurna’s Matthew Budman, who co-produced ZERO DARK THIRTY, will serve as Executive Producer.

THE TRUE AMERICAN meticulously reconstructs two lives that collided in horrific fashion. In the charged, angry days after 9/11, self-styled “American Terrorist” Mark Stroman murdered two immigrants in Texas, while a third man survived being shot in the head during Stroman’s spree: Raisuddin Bhuiyan, a Bangladesh Air Force veteran, was working at a Dallas-area convenience store as he established himself in America.

With Stroman identified and apprehended, the tale begins its tack toward deeper emotional waters. THE TRUE AMERICAN is a richly detailed, affecting account of two men bound, as it turns out, by more than just an act of violence.

The deal was brokered by Annapurna’s Paul Hanson and Christopher Corabi with CAA, which represents Rais Uddin Bhuiyan and AnandGiridharadas, as well as Bigelow and Hardy. Anand is represented for publishing by Katherine Flynn at Kneerim Williams and Bloom. Bigelow’s attorney is Warren Dern of Sloane Offer Weber & Dern; Hardy is represented by Lindy King at United Agents in the U.K. and attorney Jason Sloane of Sloane Offer Weber & Dern.

About Annapurna Pictures:
Annapurna Pictures is a film production and finance company founded with the goal of boldly creating sophisticated, high-quality and ambitious films that appeal to a variety of audiences.

Annapurna’s projects from 2013 alone earned 17 Academy Award nominations, and made Ellison the first woman to earn two Best Picture nominations in the same year. Those projects included David O. Russell’s AMERICAN HUSTLE starring Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence which was released by Sony in December. The film won three Golden Globe Awards including Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy and was nominated for 10 Academy Awards including Best Picture. In addition, Annapurna produced Spike Jonze’s HER starring Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams and Rooney Mara, also released in December through Warner Bros. HER won multiple critical awards including a Golden Globe for Best Screenplay and the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Annapurna’s SPRING BREAKERS, directed by Harmony Korine and starring Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and James Franco, broke records earning the biggest box office opening weekend of 2013 for a film playing in limited release; and Wong KarWai’s THE GRANDMASTER, the story of martial arts master and Bruce Lee trainer Ip Man, which was released in August 2013 by The Weinstein Company and was nominated for two Academy Awards.

Under Ellison’s guidance, Annapurna has provided the industry with a critical boost of intelligent, adult dramas in recent years. Annapurna’s past releases include Kathryn Bigelow’s multiple Golden Globe and Academy Award nominated film ZERO DARK THIRTY; Paul Thomas Anderson’s multiple Golden Globe and Academy Award nominated masterpiece THE MASTER; Andrew Dominik’s KILLING THEM SOFTLY starring Brad Pitt and John Hillcoat’s LAWLESS.

Later this year, Bennett Miller’s FOXCATCHER starring Channing Tatum, Steve Carell, and Mark Ruffalo based on the true story of convicted millionaire murderer John DuPont will be released by Sony Pictures. Additionally, Annapurna has partnered with Nina Jacobson’s Color Force on the best-selling comedic novel WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE?, written by Maria Semple and has partnered with Denver & Delilah and CJ Entertainment on the SYMPATHY FOR LADY VENGEANCE remake written by William Monahan and starring Charlize Theron. Annapurna recently announced they will produce a currently untitled Garbo/Dietrich Television Project from writers Angela Robinson and Alex Kondracke focusing on the intersecting lives of Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich.