Waiting for the Barbarians, a movie starring Johnny Depp, Mark Rylance, and Robert Pattinson, has had its North American rights acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films.
The news comes from an exclusive report from Variety which further discloses that the film which was originally slated for a theatrical release will now be made available on digital platforms this August.
Based on the novel by Nobel Prize-winning author J.M. Coetzee (who also adapted the screenplay), Waiting for the Barbarians centers on a Magistrate (Rylance) in an isolated frontier settlement on the border of an unmanned empire looking forward to his retirement.
The Magistrate’s plan of easy retirement is disrupted by the arrival of Colonel Joll (Depp), whose job is reporting on the activities of the ‘barbarians’ and the security situation on the border.
Joll’s ruthless interrogations make the Magistrate begin to question his very loyalty to the empire.
Waiting for the Barbarians was produced by Michael Fitzgerald, Olga Segura, Andrea Iervolino, and Monika Bacardi, with Sir Martin Franklin, Cristina Gallego, Danielle Maloni, Deborah Dobson Bach and Penelope Glass serving as executive producers.
It is directed by Ciro Guerra who said:
It has been a great honor to work with this wonderful cast and passionate crew in bringing J.M. Coet- zee’s masterpiece to the screen,” said Guerra. It is a timeless story that speaks volumes to our world today, and we’re very happy and excited to be finally bringing it to audiences in the US through this partnership with Samuel Goldwyn Films.
Waiting for the Barbarians is filled with powerful and moving performances from Mark, Johnny, Robert, and Gana. The cinematography is beautiful and director Ciro Guerra creates a world that forces us to look deeper into ourselves and ask, “What would I do?”. Samuel Goldwyn Films is proud to bring this film to audiences”
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