Weinstein Pays Big For “Imitation Game”

One of the likeliest awards contenders of 2014 now has a home.

In what’s expected to be the highest price paid ever for U.S. rights on a movie at the European Film Market, The Weinstein Company has locked a $7 million deal for Morten Tyldum’s “The Imitation Game”.

Likely to be shaped as a potential major awards contender, Graham Moore penned the much-heralded screenplay about Alan Turing, a mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, computer scientist, criminally prosecuted and chemically castrated homosexual, and tortured soul who committed suicide by eating a cyanide-laced apple.

Turing was highly influential in the founding of computer science and artificial intelligence, along with devising techniques for breaking German ciphers during the Second World War.

Benedict Cumberbatch plays Turing while Keira Knightley, Mark Strong and Matthew Goode also star. Weinstein won against several bidders who made the deal after being shown a 20 minute compilation of scenes from the film.

Source: Variety