News from the American Film Market (AFM) for new Irish co-production The Man Who Invented Christmas, with Deadline reporting that Bleecker Street has acquired US rights to the film.

Dublin-based Parallel Films are working with British director Bharat Nalluri (Spooks, Life on Mars, Hustle). The film is scripted by Susan Coyle, based on the book by Les Standford, and tells the story of Charles Dickens writing of A Christmas Carol. The Irish Film Board committed €150,000 to the production in their last round of funding.

Dan Stevens will play the young Dickens, with Christopher Plummer as Scrooge, and Jonathan Pryce as Dickens’ father.

The Solution is handling international rights outside those territories not picked up by Bleecker Street, who also acquired rights in Eastern Europe, Benelux, Scandinavia, and Latin America.

Speaking on the acquisition Andrew Karpen, Bleecker Street’s CEO, said:

The Man Who Invented Christmas is an emotionally rich story of Dickens’ creative process and illustrates his love of the holiday spirit. We look forward to bringing Bharat’s film to audiences for the 2017 holiday season.

The Man Who Invented Christmas will begin shooting in December.

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