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Sony Pictures Classics Acquires ‘THE SILENT MAN’ Starring Liam Neeson

May 25, 2017

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Sony Pictures Classics (SPC)  has acquired the North American rights to THE SILENT MAN, starring Liam Neeson as Mark Felt. The longtime FBI #2 man under J. Edgar Hoover, Felt will go down in history as Deep Throat, the nickname of the whistle blower and primary source for Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein as they uncovered the Watergate scandal that toppled the Nixon Administration. In the backdrop of the recent firing of FBI head James Comes by President Donald Trump and questions over the investigation of alleged Russian influence on the last presidential election.

Written and directed by Peter Landesman, the former New York Times Magazine correspondent who wrote/directed the nonfiction dramas Concussion and Parkland, and wrote Michael Cuesta’s Kill The Messenger. 

A co-production between Scott Free, MadRiver Pictures, Endurance Media, Torridon Films, and Riverstone Pictures and the producers Ridley Scott, Giannina Scott, Marc Butan, Anthony Katagas, Landesman, Steve Richards and Jay Roach. Yale Badik, Des Carey, Colin Wilson, Peter Guber, Jeffrey Vinik, Nik Bower, Deepak Nayar, and Michael Schaefer executive produce.

Neeson stars as Felt and is joined alongside Diane Lane, Marton Csokas, Josh Lucas, Tony Goldwyn, Michael C. Hall, Tom Sizemore, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ike Barinholtz, Bruce Greenwood, Brian D’Arcy James, Kate Walsh, Noah Wyle and Maika Monroe.

SPC said:

“Mark Felt was one of the most instrumental figures in American history and yet very little is known of him and the risks he took to reveal the truth. This is an incredible story well told by Peter and his creative team, with a top-notch cast led by an extraordinary performance from Liam. This film could not be more timely and relevant for audiences.”

Speculation fell on Felt as the possible source that led the media to get to the bottom of the botched Watergate problem of the Democratic National Committee offices in 1972, he deflected those assumptions through the years and the true identity of the secret informant remained a mystery until Felt finally revealed himself as Deep Throat in 2005. The movie tells the story of Felt’s career as a keeper of secrets and his rise to the top of Hoover’s FBI, only to risk and ultimately sacrifice everything to reveal a scandal that shook the country to its core. Felt died in 2005 at age 95.

SPC has set the film for September as the distributor expects recent political turmoil to spark renewed public interest in Felt’s story.

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