Sony Pictures Classics has made a pact with Jude Law's production company Riff Raff Productions, Castle Rock, and MRC (Media Rights Capital ) to distribute the updated version of Sleuth based on the Tony Award winning play by Anthony Shaffer. The company holds all rights in North America and Latin America. The film has been adapted by Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter with Jude Law as a principle producer as well as starring alongside the Oscar winning Michael Caine.
Sleuth, which will begin production this month at Twickenham Studios, London is an updated version of the award-winning play. A dramatic and thrilling study of sexual conflict, jealousy, power and manipulation handled with both lacerating wit and humor, Sleuth tells the story of a wealthy writer of detective stories (Caine) and an aspiring yet out-of-work actor (Law) who is having an affair with the writer's wife. The writer's exquisitely modernized Georgian manor, becomes the backdrop for a cat and mouse game that pits one creative mind against another.
Sony Pictures Classics released the following statement: "This is exciting: Kenneth Branagh directing Jude Law and Michael Caine in spectacular roles reconfigured in a vibrantly current screenplay by the great Harold Pinter. This has come together due to the tenacity of producers Jude Law, our friends at Castle Rock, and MRC. We could not wish for better partners in what will surely be a major film in 2007. It is a privilege to be involved."
"I'm thrilled to have Sony Pictures Classics distribute this movie in the US ," comments actor and producer Jude Law. "Their record speaks for itself and they are the perfect partner for us."
"Jude Law and Harold Pinter had developed this exceptional screenplay when I joined them, " commented director Branagh. "Harold Pinter's freedom with the material made it a new film, not a remake, and the enthusiasm of these two great actors was very exciting."
The film will be produced by Jude Law, Kenneth Branagh, Simon Halfon, Simon Moseley, Marion Pilowski and Co-Produced by Ben Jackson, Law's producing partner in Riff Raff Productions. Sleuth will be the first production for Riff Raff. Haris Zambarloukos (Roger Michell's Enduring Love) will serve as cinematographer with Tim Harvey, who has worked on Branagh's Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, and the recent The Magic Flute as production designer and Neil Farrell (Hamlet, As You Like It) as editor.