Solace is a project that’s been kicking around for well over a year now (we last spoke of it in September 2011), but with the European Film Market looming, things are heating up with Colin Farrell eying a lead role.
Per Deadline, Farrell is closing a deal to star with Anthony Hopkins in the supernatural thriller that Afonso Poyart (Two Rabbits) will direct with production to begin in May. The film will be sold at Berlin by FilmNation’s Glen Basner, and domestic distribution rights are also up for grabs and are being repped by UTA.
Solace was written by Sean Bailey (currently president of production at Disney), Ted Griffin, James Vanderbilt, and Peter Morgan. It originated at New Line but never came together so producers Beau Flynn, Tripp Vinson, and Matthias Emcke got it back and obtained financing through Claudia Blumheuber’s Silver Reel.
It tells the tale of an FBI detective who seeks the help of a retired and reclusive doctor (Hopkins) to solve a series of grisly murders. The doctor was a wiz at the murder game but lost his mojo when his daughter died tragically. Desperate, the detective presses the doctor to come out of retirement for one more case. Farrell will play the serial killer; no word yet on who will play the detective.
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