Dev Patel, Jeremy Irons Math Drama ‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’ Sells to IFC Films

Matthew Brown wrote, directed the produced the movie, which co-stars Stephen Fry and Toby Jones

Last Updated: October 14, 2015 @ 12:28 PM

IFC Films has acquired North American rights to writer-director Matthew Brown’s drama “The Man Who Knew Infinity,” which stars Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons, the company announced Wednesday.

Stephen Fry, Toby Jones and Devika Bhise co-star in the movie, which recently made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival before opening the Zurich Film Festival.

Based on Robert Kanigel’s biography “The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan,” the film chronicles the true story of a friendship that forever changed mathematics. In 1913, Ramanujan (Patel), a self-taught Indian mathematician, travels to Trinity College, Cambridge, where he forges a bond with his mentor, the eccentric professor GH Hardy (Irons) and fights against prejudice to reveal his mathematic genius to the world.

The film was produced by Edward R. Pressman, Jim Young, Joe Thomas, Sofia Sondervan, Jon Katz and Brown, and executive produced by Swati Bhise, Joseph N. Cohen, Gary Ellis, Pamela Godfrey, Phil Hunt, Mark Montgomery, Compton Ross, Manraj S. Sekhon, Shail Shah, Tristine Skyler, Min-Li Tan, Masaaki Tanaka and Richard Toussaint.

“Matthew Brown has crafted a crowd pleasing film, ideal for smart adult audiences, in which both Jeremy Irons and Dev Patel deliver incredible performances,” said Jonathan Sehring, president of Sundance Selects/IFC Films.

The deal was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, senior VP of acquisitions for Sundance Selects/IFC Films, with CAA on behalf of the filmmakers. In addition to CAA, Brown is also represented by Kaplan/Perrone and attorney James Adams of Schreck Rose. Mister Smith Entertainment is handling international sales.