Fox Searchlight Acquires Comedy 'Don Hemingway' with Jude Law
by Alex Billington
June 3, 2013
In acquisition news, Fox Searchlight has acquired the "black comedy crime tale" titled Don Hemingway, written and directed by Richard Shepard, starring Jude Law as a "larger-than-life safecracker with a loose fuse who is funny, profane, and dangerous." The film is shot and in post but scheduled for a 2014 release, which means it might still play the festival circuit later this year. After 12 years in prison, Dom sets off with his partner in crime Dickie (Richard E. Grant) to collect what he's owed for keeping his mouth shut and protecting his boss Mr. Fontaine (Demián Bichir). After a near death experience, he tries to re-connect with his estranged daughter (Emilia Clarke), but is soon drawn back into the only world he knows. Sounds dark.
"We were so attracted to this film, with its rich array of characters and sharp dialogue. Jude Law's clever and outrageous performance as Dom is completely transformative, unlike anything you have seen him do before," said FSL Presidents Stephen Gilula & Nancy Utley. "From the beginning Jeremy, Jude and I talked about Fox Searchlight distributing Dom Hemingway. They're the best, and you only want the best for your baby. I'm over the moon and under the influence," said Shepard. Producer Jeremy Thomas: "I'm so glad that my friends at Searchlight will be dancing with Dom, continuing the tradition of many movies as this is in the vein of Sexy Beast, which was in collaboration with Searchlight, they are the perfect partners."