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HBO buys Barry Levinson-directed biopic ‘The Survivor’ with Ben Foster

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HBO Films has acquired the North American rights to “The Survivor”, a Harry Huff biopic produced and directed by Academy Award winner Barry Levinson. The deal comes after the film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September this year.

Alan Huff’s book “Harry Huft: Survivor of Auschwitz, Rocky Marciano Challenger,” “The Survivor” starring Ben Foster (“Leave No Trace,” “Hell or High Water”) as Haft, a fugitive Auschwitz prisoner, Performing in a boxing match by his captor before moving to New York and using his boxing skills to help find his girlfriend.

In addition to Foster, “The Survivor” also stars Vicky Cripps (“Phantom Thread”), Billy Magnussen (“No Time to Die”), Peter Sarsgaard (“Jackie”), Saro Emirje (“Wilsberg”), and Dar Juzowski (“.” Hostage “), Danny Divito (” It’s always sunny in Philadelphia “) and John Leguizamo (” Latin History for the Marines “).

“The Survivor” comes from Braun and New Mandate Films.

This will not be the first Levinson film debut on HBO. The director has directed “Patterno,” “You Don’t Not Jack” and “The Wizard of Lies” for his network, bringing together 26 Emmy’s throughout his previous HBO films.

“After doing countless films on HBO, I don’t know of a better home for ‘The Survivor,'” Levinson said in a statement.

“We are extremely proud to bring ‘The Survivor’ to HBO and HBO Max viewers,” HBO Programming EVP Francesca Orsi said in a statement. “A fine exploration of this true story of Ben’s transformational performance with Barry’s unimaginable choice, perseverance and release will captivate viewers and stay with them long after the credit roll.”

WME has signed an agreement with the Independent HBO.

“The Survivor” received favorable reviews from critics after its launch at the Toronto International Film Festival. In his review, Diversity Leading film critic Owen Gleiberman called the movie “[Levinson’s] Best Movie of the Year. ”

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