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The Weinstein Company has acquired the "The Imitation Game."
Variety is reporting that the company made one of the biggest buys of the Berlin Film Festival, taking U.S. rights to the Alan Turing drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch ("The Fifth Estate") and Keira Knightley ("Anna Karenina") for $7 million.
The film was directed by Morten Tyldum ("Headhunters") and is based off the life story of crypotgrapher and mathematician Turing, who cracked the German "Enigma Code" during WWII and was later prosecuted by the British government in the early 1950s for being homosexual.
The film also stars Mark Strong ("Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy") and Matthew Goode ("Match Point") and was produced by Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky and Teddy Schwarzman.
Warner Bros. originally developed "The Imitation Game" after Graham Moore's script landed at the top of the 2011 Black List.
The Weinstein Company has been busy of late with ever since the Toronto Film Festival. While the company failed to buy a Sundance movie, the company acquired a number of films at the Toronto Film Festival: "The Railway Man" and "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby His/Her" with Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis and James McAvoy. The company will also release the upcoming "Macbeth" adaptation with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard and will also open the Cannes Film Festival with the long overdue "Grace of Monaco" starring Nicole Kidman and Tim Roth. The Weinstein Company recently released "Vampire Academy" and "Philomena," which was nominated for four Academy Awards.