The Weinstein Co has acquired the American rights to "The Railway Man" starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth.
Adapted from Eric Lomax's autobiography of the same name, "The Railway Man" tells the true story of a British WWII officer who is captured and tortured while in a Japanese POW camp.
Years after his release, Lomax suffers from post traumatic stress from what he endured as a POW. His wife, Patti Lomax (Nicole Kidman), convinces him to track down his tormentor in a bid to overcome his trauma. Lomax discovers that the Japanese interpreter he holds responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and sets out to confront him, and his haunting past, in this powerful tale of survival, love and redemption
"The Railway Man" received a prolonged standing ovation after its world premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.
TWC will release the film in 2014.
TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein said in a statement:
“With remarkable performances from Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman and Jeremy Irvine, Jonathan Teplitzky has crafted a moving and compelling film based on an incredible true story of a man named Eric Lomax, who was a POW during World War II. After watching people jump to their feet applauding when the credits rolled with tears in their eyes, we knew this was a film we wanted to help take to audiences across America.”
The film is an Australia/UK co-production, presented by Screen Australia in association with Silver Reel, Screen Queensland, Creative Scotland, Screen NSW and Lionsgate UK.