Sony Classics Picks Up Sleuth


Sony Pictures Classics has signed on to distribute Sleuth, a remake of the 1972 cat-and-mouse drama that will star Michael Caine and Jude Law.

Sleuth, which Kenneth Branagh is directing from a script by Harold Pinter, has long been a passion project for Law, who is producing via his Riff Raff Productions. Castle Rock and Media Rights Capital also produce.

First produced as a play by Anthony Shaffer, Sleuth centers on an older writer and a younger actor who spend a weekend trying to outwit each other at the writer’s English manor after the writer learns the actor has been having an affair with his wife.

Caine played the younger role in the original (opposite Laurence Olivier) and has been said to be interested in taking on the other role for some time.

The project begins filming in the U.K. this month.