His billionaire, media baron Logan Roy may enjoy a bit of whiskey every now and then, but Heir star Brian Cox is taking this love of Scotch to the next level for his directorial debut.
Glenrothan – the film in which the Emmy, Golden Globe and Olivier award-winning actor will also star – is being produced by Lionsgate and London-based production company Nevision (not Waystar Studios). The film is described as a “love letter” to Cox’s native Scotland and is set in a thriving whiskey distillery town in the Highlands.
Created by Scottish actor and writer David Ashton (McLevy) and co-written with award-winning screenwriter Jeff Murphy (Hinterland), the film tells the story of two estranged brothers reunited in the land where they were born. The last time they spoke was on the day of his mother’s funeral when, after a violent exchange with his father, their son left his hometown of Highland for America. Forty years later, the two brothers are finally reunited on Scottish soil and in the village where the family business is based: Glenrothan Distillery. Glenrothan is a story of family, forgiveness and the cohesive alchemy of whiskey.
“Glenrothan is my homage to what makes Scotland such an extraordinary country, where the vibrancy and majesty of the land are expressed through passion and aspiration – balanced by deep humour. Scottish identity and understanding of the absurd,” said Cox. “I wanted to make a movie that combines all the elements to express my own deep love for my homeland.”
Lionsgate UK head of development & acquisition, Emma Berkofsky is developing the film with Nevision’s creative director, Neil Zeiger, who will also produce. Nevision’s James Cabourne will executive produce.
“Glenrothan Zeiger said. “Without a doubt, he is one of the most prolific actors of his generation. However, having worked with him in front of the camera, I know that his extensive knowledge and vision will elevate the film even further as he will also direct the film.
Berkofsky added: “We liked the idea of Brian making a movie about two estranged brothers forced to band together to save the family whiskey distillery. It’s a moving story that shows it’s never too late to make amends – we couldn’t be more excited to bring his vision to the big screen. ”