Cannes Film Fest 2019: Operation Mincemeat, WWII Drama, Starring Colin Firth

Operation Mincemeat, World War II drama, starring Oscar winner Colin Firth (The King’s Speech), has sold out international territories at this year’s Cannes Film Fest.

The film reunites Firth with John Madden, his director of “Shakespeare in Love,” which won the 1998 Best Picture Oscar.

Warner has picked up several key markets, as has Central and Eastern European distributor Prorom.

FilmNation Entertainment and Cross City Films were overseeing sales of the picture.

The See Saw Films and Cohen Media Group production has a script by Michelle Ashford (“The Pacific,” “John Adams”), adapting the Ben Macintyre book of the same name.

The story is set in 1943, as the Allies prepare to launch an all-out assault on Nazi-dominated Europe. Two intelligence officers, Ewen Montagu (Firth) and Charles Cholmondeley, concoct a disinformation strategy, aimed at preventing their massive invasion force from being massacred by German planes when they touch down on the continent.

The film will go into pre-production later this year.

“We are delighted that ‘Operation Mincemeat’ has captured the imagination of distributors all over the world at Cannes,” said See-Saw Films co-managing directors Iain Canning and Emile Sherman and Charles Cohen in a statement. “FilmNation have been incredibly passionate about the combination of director John Madden, Michelle Ashford’s script and the cast we are assembling on this project. We are thrilled that so many great companies share their enthusiasm.”