Following it's world premiere at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival last month, director Barry Levinson's newest film The Survivor has officially had it's distribution rights picked up by HBO Films and will also stream on HBO Max. This is Levinson's fourth project with the network after Paterno, You Don't Know Jack, and The Wizard of Lies. Following the acquisition, Levinson had this to say:
Having done numerous films at HBO, I don't know of a better home for The Survivor.
The film follows the true story of Jewish fighter Harry Haft (Played by Ben Foster), who fought his fellow inmates at Auschwitz to survive before escaping to New York. There he uses his boxing skills to establish a name for himself in the hopes of finding his one true love. Along the way, he fought boxing legends like Rocky Marciano. The film is based on the book Harry Haft: Survivor of Auschwitz, Challenger of Rocky Marciano, written by Alan Haft with Justine Juel Gillmer having penned the screenplay. Francesca Orsi, Executive Vice President, HBO Programming added her own thoughts on the acquisition:
"We are immensely proud to bring The Survivor to the HBO and HBO Max audience. Barry's meticulous exploration of this true story of unimaginable choices, perseverance, and redemption coupled with Ben's transformative performance will captivate viewers and stay with them long after the credits roll."
It was produced by New Mandate Films and BRON Studios, in association with Baltimore Pictures, Endeavor Content, USC Shoah Foundation, and Creative Wealth Media. The film co-stars Billy Magnussen, Danny DeVito, Vicky Krieps, Peter Sarsgaard, Saro Emirze [de], Dar Zuzovsky, and John Leguizamo. Stay tuned!