Bleecker Street announced it has secured U.S. distribution rights to director Michael Noer’s Papillon, based on the books “Papillon” and “Banco” by Henri Charriere. The film had its world premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.
Based on the international best-selling autobiography, Papillon follows the epic story of Henri “Papillon” Charrière (Charlie Hunnam), a safecracker from the Parisian underworld who is framed for murder and condemned to life in the notorious penal colony on Devil’s Island. Determined to regain his freedom, Papillon forms an unlikely alliance with quirky convicted counterfeiter Louis Dega (Rami Malek), who in exchange for protection, agrees to finance Papillon’s escape, ultimately resulting in a bond of lasting friendship.
“Michael and the production team have created an epic retelling of Henri Charrière’s original autobiography,” said Andrew Karpen, CEO of Bleecker Street. “It’s a new vision of determination and redemption."
Director Michael Noer said, “I’m so thrilled that Papillon has found a home with Bleecker Street for distribution. Charlie, Rami and the entire cast have worked so hard to bring a new take on a classic story. “