Saturday, May 17, 2014

Cannes: Benedict Cumberbatch to Star in War Drama 'The Yellow Birds'

7:00 AM PDT 5/17/2014 by Borys Kit

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Benedict Cumberbatch, Tye Sheridan, and Will Poulter will star in The Yellow Birds, an adaptation of the Kevin Powers novel being directed by Ain’t Them Bodies Saints director David Lowery.

The film, which is being unveiled in Cannes, is the second project for Cinelou Films, which is financing with Story Mining & Supply Co.

With a script by Lowery, Birds centers around two soldiers, 21-year-old Private Bartle and 18-year old Private Murphy, who meet in boot camp. Bartle made a promise to Murphy’s mother to guide him home safely and takes the young private under his wing, but soon finds that promise hard to keep as they navigate a war where casual atrocity is a daily occurrence.

Powers is a veteran of the Iraq War and his novel garnered rave reviews; Tom Wolfe called it the “All Quiet on the Western Front for America’s Arab wars.”

Story Mining’s CEO and president Jeffrey Sharp and production president Evan Hayes acquired the rights to the novel and developed the script. The duo will produce the film along with Cinelou's Courtney Solomon and Mark Canton.

Jim Kohlberg, chairman of Story Mining & Supply Co., will executive produce.

The Solution will handle foreign sales of the film in Cannes. WME Global, CAA and UTA will handle the domestic sale.


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