Premium cable and satellite network Showtime and Altitude, distribution arm of Altitude Film Entertainment, have teamed to represent the worldwide rights to Peter Middleton and James Spinney’s upcoming second feature documentary about actor Charlie Chaplin.
Chaplin (working title) will offer an intimate portrait of one of cinema’s most iconic stars via unprecedented access into Chaplin’s personal and creative archives, including previously unknown audio and visual content. The film is a Passion Pictures, Archer’s Mark and Smaller Biggie production, in association with Fee Fie Foe.
Three-time BAFTA nominees Middleton and Spinney will also chart Chaplin’s escape from an impoverished childhood in late-Victorian London to Hollywood at the dawn of cinema. Despite his alter ego ‘Little Tramp’ bringing him fame, personal and political controversies lead to the demise of his beloved character, his rejection of America and his self-imposed exile.
Altitude is handling international rights for the film and will be introducing the project to buyers at Cannes. Altitude has also acquired distribution rights to the project for the UK and Ireland. Meanwhile, Showtime has acquired North American rights to the film.
Chaplin is produced by John Battsek of Passion Pictures; Mike Brett of Archer’s Mark; and Ben Limberg of Smaller Biggie.
The film is being funded by the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery, Film4 and Showtime. Further support comes from the BFI National Archive’s collections and Chaplin’s World – a museum in Vevey, Switzerland where Chaplin lived for 25 years. Chaplin’s World will also act as a shooting location for sequences set during the latter stages of his life.