Edward Berger will direct RIO starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jake Gyllenhaal
STUDIOCANAL, Sunnymarch and Nine Stories confirmed today that Edward Berger will direct RIO. Berger has been nominated for an Emmy Award for the series PATRICK MELROSE for which he directed all episodes. Steven Knight has written the screenplay.
RIO, a psychological thriller which centres on two old friends who meet again in Rio, one a journalist the other a hugely successful financier. RIO will be produced by Benedict Cumberbatch and Adam Ackland through SunnyMarch and Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker through Nine Stories.
Ron Halpern and Shana Eddy are overseeing for STUDIOCANAL.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Adam Ackland confirm “We are delighted to be working with Ed Berger again on this very special project. Together with STUDIOCANAL and Nine Stories this promises to be a terrific collaboration, we can’t wait to bring RIO to life”
Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker of Nine Stories comment “Edward Berger’s work is superb. We are thrilled to be collaborating with him, STUDIOCANAL and Sunny March — an undeniably talented group of filmmakers.”
STUDIOCANAL CEO Didier Lupfer and EVP International Production Ron Halpern add “We are thrilled to be working with Edward Berger. He is a director we have wanted to work with since we first saw Jack and Deutschland 83. Steve has written a great thriller and we couldn’t be more excited to work with the directing, writing, producing and acting calibre behind this project.”
Edward Berger has already established himself as one of the world’s leading film and television directors. His recent directorial work on the critically-acclaimed mini-series PATRICK MELROSE, starred Benedict Cumberbatch and Jennifer Jason Leigh, and has already picked up 5 Emmy nominations, including: Best Director and Best Limited series. Berger also directed the first two hours of this year’s AMC smash-hit, THE TERROR. His past credits include the landmark series DEUTSCHLAND 83, which won the International Emmy in 2016, and the widely praised feature film, JACK, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, picking up multiple awards internationally. He was one of Variety’s ‘10 Europeans to Watch’ in 2017.
Edward Berger is represented by ICM Partners, Anonymous Content and Casarotto Ramsay & Associates Ltd. Gyllenhaal and Nine Stories are represented by WME and Bloom Hergott.
Steven Knight’s first screenplay, DIRTY PRETTY THINGS directed by Stephen Frears, premiered at the 2002 Venice Film Festival to outstanding reviews and was selected to open the prestigious London Film Festival. The film was released in the UK and the US to universal critical acclaim. It won a host of prestigious awards including four BIFAs, Best Film & Best Actor at the Evening Standard British Film Awards, the 2004 Humanitas Award, the Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay, Best British Screenwriter at the London Film Critics’ Circle Awards and an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay at the 76th Annual Academy Awards.
His first stage play, THE PRESIDENT OF AN EMPTY ROOM, directed by Howard Davies, opened at the National Theatre, London in 2005.
2 more screenplays were released in 2007. AMAZING GRACE, directed by Michael Apted, about the life of the British anti-slavery politician William Wilberforce and EASTERN PROMISES, directed by David Cronenberg and starring Viggo Mortensen and Naomi Watts, which centred on London’s Russian crime community.
Steve is also the creator and Executive Producer/writer on BAFTA Award-winning PEAKY BLINDERS, starring Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory and Paul Anderson. Series 5 will start shooting later this year.
He has directed 3 films – all of which he also wrote – his directorial debut, HUMMINGBIRD starred Jason Statham and Agata Buzek about a damaged ex-special forces soldier living on the streets of London. LOCKE, with Tom Hardy, about an ordinary working man whose life changes in the course of one evening and which won him a 2013 BIFA for Best Screenplay and, SERENITY, starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway, which will be released in October