Lionsgate and Nevision have signed a deal to co-develop Brian Cox’s directorial debut Glenrothan.

The Emmy, Golden Globe and Olivier Award-winning “Succession” actor will also star in the feature film.

Set against the backdrop of a thriving distillery town in the Scottish Highlands, Glenrothan is a love letter to Scotland. Created by acclaimed Scottish actor and writer David Ashton (McLevy) and co-written with award-winning screenwriter Jeff Murphy (“Hinterland”, Justine, Denmark), the film tells the story of two estranged brothers reuniting in the land of their birth. The last time they spoke was on the day of their mother’s funeral when, following a violent exchange with their father, the younger of the two left their Highland home for America. Forty years later the brothers finally re-unite, back on Scottish soil and in the village that houses the family business – the Glenrothan Distillery. Glenrothan is a story of family, forgiveness and the bonding alchemy of whisky.

Lionsgate UK’s Head of Development & Acquisitions, Emma Berkofsky is developing the film with Nevision’s Creative Director, Scripted Neil Zeiger who will also produce. Nevision’s James Cabourne will Executive Produce.

Brian Cox said: “Glenrothan is my homage to the elements that make Scotland such an extraordinary country, where vibrancy and majesty of the land is expressed through passion and desire – balanced by the Scot’s deep-rooted humour and grasp of the absurd. I want to make a film which combines all the elements, to show my own deep love for the homeland.”

Neil Zeiger added: “Glenrothan was conceived with Brian in mind. Without question he is one of the most powerful actors of his generation. However, having worked with him in front of the camera, I knew that his extensive knowledge and vision would elevate the film even further were he to also direct the movie. Emma Berkofsky at Lionsgate agreed, and an exciting collaboration was born. Personally, I’m thrilled to be working with Brian again.”

Emma Berkofsky said: “We loved the idea of Brian making a film about two estranged brothers forced to come together to save the family whiskey distillery. It’s a heartwarming story which shows it’s never too late to make amends – we couldn’t be more excited to bring his vision to the big screen.”

Jon Creamer

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