Image Nation Abu Dhabi announces a deal to fully finance James Ponsoldt’s upcoming feature adaptation of Dave Eggers’ novel The Circle. The film will be presented by Image Nation in association with Parkes MacDonald Productions.
IM Global are handling international sales on the film and will be representing it at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. US rights are being jointly represented by UTA Independent Film Group and CAA.
The feature adaptation of The Circle, has been written and will be directed by James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now). The film is being produced by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman for Playtone, Anthony Bregman for Likely Story, and Ponsoldt.
Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina) will star alongside Hanks. Three other major roles are currently out to casting and will be announced shortly. Shooting on The Circle will start August 2015 in California.
Eggers’ novel focuses on a young woman who is hired for a big job in an Internet monopoly called the Circle, which links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. The novel turns into a contemporary thriller about the perils of life in a digital age where personal data is collected, sifted and monetized and used for surveillance, rendering privacy obsolete.
This project marks the second time Hanks has collaborated with Eggers. Hanks also starred in the Eggers’ adaptation A Hologram For the King, directed by Tom Tykwer.
Michael Garin, CEO of Image Nation says in a press statement: “The Circle is a fantastic modern day thriller that shines a light on the role of the Internet and our own identities in a world of increasing transparency and privacy issues. Image Nation is thrilled to be working with the Playtone team, as well as A Likely Story and James Ponsoldt, on its next international production. Image Nation’s international projects have helped subsidize and build our local industry here in Abu Dhabi and the region, while creating opportunities for our local talent to work on large scale international productions and this film will help continue that effort.”
Walter Parkes of Parkes Macdonald says, “We have a long history with Tom Hanks and Playtone and have had the privilege of working with Tom on such projects as Catch Me If You Can, Saving Private Ryan, The Terminal and Road to Perdition. When we heard a filmmaker of James Ponsoldt’s stature was looking for financing partners for The Circle, we felt that our relationship with Image Nation put us in a unique position to help make this extraordinary project a reality.”
The Circle marks the latest project in a long-term collaboration between Image Nation and Parkes Macdonald.