Relativity has set Pierce Brosnan spy movie November Man for release in the U.S. on August 27, the Wednesday before the Labor Day holiday weekend. At the same time, the company is pushing back the release of Natalie Portman’s high-profile Western Jane Got a Gun from its original release date of Friday, Aug. 29. A new release date has not yet been announced.
Directed by Roger Donaldson, November Man is Brosnan’s longtime passion project. The former James Bond star plays an ex-CIA operative who is brought back in on a very personal mission and finds himself pitted against his former pupil.
The actioner, which is based on the novel There Are No Spies by Bill Granger and a screenplay by Michael Finch and Karl Gajdusek, also stars Olga Kurylenko and Luke Bracey.
Brosnan’s Irish DreamTime and Das Films produced the project, in association with The Solution Entertainment Group, Merced Media Partners and Palmstar Media Capital. Beau St. Clair and Sriram Das are the producers on the project.
November Man is the second teaming of Relativity with Donaldson, who directed 2008’s The Bank Job. Relativity picked up November Man for U.S. distribution in early April.
Relativity Media has set “November Man,” which stars Pierce Brosnan as a former spy, for an Aug. 27 release in the U.S.
Brosnan starred as the iconic spy in four James Bond films, the last of which, “Die Another Day,” was released in 2002.
“November Man” centers on an ex-CIA operative who is brought back on a personal mission. He finds himself pitted against his former pupil in an operation involving high-level CIA officials and the Russian president-elect.
Roger Donaldson directed “November Man,” which is produced by Brosnan’s Irish DreamTime and Das Films, in association with the Solution Entertainment Group, Merced Media Partners and Palmstar Media Capital.
The script was adapted from Bill Granger’s novel “There Are No Spies.” Producers are Brosnan’s longtime partner Beau St. Clair and Sriram Das. Michael Finch and Karl Gajdusek wrote the script.
Irish DreamTime announced “November Man” in 2012 at Cannes as the launch title in a multipicture financing and distribution deal with the Solution.
Pierce Brosnan has been busy — and may have a new franchise in “November Man,” which is in post-production. It’s one of 10 titles that the Solution Entertainment Group is offering for foreign sales at the American Film Market, where Solution will unveil a new promo to buyers.
Brosnan’s production company Irish DreamTime announced the project last year at Cannes as the launch title in a multipicture financing and distribution deal with Solution. “November Man” centers on an ex-CIA operative who is brought back in on a personal mission and finds himself pitted against his former pupil in an operation involving high-level CIA officials and the Russian president-elect.
“After Pierce had finished with Bond, he wanted to do something edgier and darker, and Dino Conti, a longtime producer at MGM, had always urged me to get ‘November Man,’ ” said Beau St. Clair, Brosnan’s longtime producing partner.
The development money was raised last year through Solution, Myles Nestel and Lisa Wilson’s sales-financing banner. Das Films funded development and The Solution secured the financing.
Brosnan is working on another project for sale via Solution at AFM — the romancer “How to Make Love Like an Englishman.”
“It’s set in L.A., so we shot it in L.A.,” St. Clair said. “We could have saved money if we had shot in New Orleans or Wilmington, but it would not have looked like L.A. So we thought it would be better to work with a lean, lean budget and shoot here instead of trying to fake it in some place like Vancouver.”
St. Clair said the budget was $30 million when the project was first developed in 2006. “It’s a lot less now,” she added.
Brosnan is also shooting action-thriller “The Coup” with the Dowdle brothers in Thailand and then “I.T.,” in which he’ll play a successful book publisher pitted against a young disgruntled I.T. consultant.