We're thrilled to report that PRISONER 760, formerly titled GUANTÁNAMO DIARY, has been green lit and begins filming December 2, with Benedict Cumberbatch, Jodie Foster, Tahar Rahim, and Shailene Woodley.
The movie, which Convergent Media is Executive Producing, tells the true story of a fight for survival against all odds. Captured by the U.S. government, Mohamedou Ould Slahi (Rahim) languishes in prison, innocent, for years without charge or trial. Losing all hope, Slahi finds allies in defense attorney Nancy Hollander (Foster) and her associate Teri Duncan (Woodley). Together, they face countless obstacles in a desperate pursuit for justice. Their controversial advocacy, along with evidence uncovered by formidable military prosecutor Lt. Stuart Couch (Cumberbatch), eventually reveals a shocking and far reaching conspiracy.
The film is based on Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s New York Times best-selling memoir “Guantánamo Diary.” After the U.S. prosecutor refused to prosecute him, Slahi was released from Guantánamo Prison, where he falsely had been labeled both guilty and the most dangerous "terrorist" there. Principal photography is set to commence in South Africa. Oscar-winner Kevin Macdonald (WHITNEY; THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND) is directing from a screenplay by Michael Bronner, a former “60 Minutes” producer with extensive experience bringing true stories to the big screen having previously provided expertise and research for Paul Greengrass’s “United 93,” “Green Zone” and “Captain Phillips.”
BBC Films developed the project and financed alongside 30West and Topic Studios.