Benedict Cumberbatch is attached to star in “How to Stop Time,” an adaptation of Matt Haig’s forthcoming novel, whose film rights have been acquired by Cumberbatch’s production company SunnyMarch and Studiocanal.
Cumberbatch will executive produce through SunnyMarch, alongside Jamie Byng, CEO of Canongate Books, which is publishing the book in July. Studiocanal is fully financing and will distribute in their territories, U.K., France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand, and will be handling international sales.
The novel tells the story of Tom Hazard (Cumberbatch), a man who may look like an ordinary 41-year-old but, owing to an extremely rare condition, has been alive for centuries. It is “a wildly imagined love story that spans centuries and continents, and cements Haig’s reputation as one of the most original and exciting novelists of his generation,” according to a statement.