The Tree of Life team of Bill Pohlad's River Road and Patrick Wachsberger's Summit International will co-produce; Summit will handle foreign pre-sales at November's American Film Market.
More information on Twelve Years A Slave (from our earlier story) below:
Following Hunger and Shame, Fassbender and McQueen will bring to life the true story of Solomon Northup (Ejiofor), a citizen of New York who was kidnapped and enslaved in 1841, before being saved from a Louisiana cotton plantation twelve years later.
Fassbender will presumably play the Canadian carpenter who frees him. McQueen co-wrote the script with John Ridley off Northup’s 1853 memoir. Plan B is producing and CAA is arranging financing. Even if McQueen and Fassbender don’t receive Awards love this season for the transgressive, graphic and full frontal --and now officially NC-17--Shame, they’re moving forward with another potential powerhouse; Twelve Years A Slave is gearing up to shoot in early 2012.