Netflix has acquired Operation Mincemeat in multiple regions. The movie is a big-budget World War II thriller that stars big names such as Colin Firth (The King’s Speech), Matthew Macfayden (Succession), and Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter saga). Here’s the latest and everything we know so far as of October 2021.
Oscar-nominated director John Madden, known for his work on Shakespeare in Love, helmed the film, first announced in May 2019.
The script for Operation Mincemeat, adapted from the same name by author and historian Ben Macintyre, was penned by Michelle Ashford, best known for Showtime’s Masters of Sex. The film comes from See-Saw Films (The King’s Speech) and Cohen Media Group (Howard’s End), with producers Charles S. Cohen, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, and Kris Thykier.
Producers Canning and Sherman commented:
“Operation Mincemeat is a thrilling depiction of hope and high stakes daring that is all the more incredible for being based on a true story. It’s been wonderful to reunite with Colin again and we couldn’t be more delighted to continue our relationship with Netflix and to share John’s magnificent film with the world.”
When will Operation Mincemeat be on Netflix, and where will it be on Netflix?
Operation Mincemeat was not initially intended for a streaming network. Still, because of Covid and the state of cinema theaters today, Netflix struck a deal with See-Saw and Cohen Media Group to distribute the film in North and Latin America for a reported $15 million.
Warner Brothers Internationally plans to release the movie theatrically on January 7th, 2022. They have the distribution for UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxembourg.
That means Netflix in the US, Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico will carry Operation Mincemeat.
Given the January theatrical release, we could see a simultaneous release on Netflix, meaning we’d get the movie in early January, or we could have to wait for a theatrical window of some description to close, which could take a few months. We’ll keep you posted.
It’s unclear whether Netflix Canada will receive the movie.
What is the plot of Operation Mincemeat?
Operation Mincemeat was a military deception operation carried out by the Allied Forces during World War II. It aimed to disguise the 1943 Allied invasion of Sicily as merely a feint by planting false documents and correspondence on a corpse and faking the corpse’s identity as a fictional Captain of the army. The corpse, along with the papers, was released from a submarine near the shores of Spain to be discovered by Spain, and the documents were shared with the Germans, making them believe that the main target of the Allies would be Greece. The operation proved to be successful, as even Adolf Hitler was deceived by the plan and didn’t provide enough force to defend Sicily while the Allied forces were liberating it.
Ewen Montagu (Colin Firth) and Charles Cholmondeley (Matthew MacFayden) planned and carried out the operation. It was, however, inspired by The Trout Memo from 1939, issued under the name of Admiral John Godfrey, Britain’s director of naval intelligence, but written by Ian Fleming. He is best known for creating the iconic gentleman spy James Bond. The memo details 54 ways how an enemy may be lured or trapped, much like a trout.
After the war, Ewen Montagu wrote a book about the whole operation titled The Man Who Never Was. The book was later adapted into a 1956 film of the same name. However, Netflix’s adaptation takes author and historian Ben Mcintyre’s Operation Mincemeat book as the source material for the film.
Director of Operation Mincemeat, John Madden, commented:
“In the context of WW2 narratives, the story of Operation Mincemeat is unique – a bizarre and seductive cinematic blend of high-level espionage and ingenious fiction, where the stakes could hardly be higher. Michelle Ashford’s script fuses multiple strands and moods: tense, romantic, thrilling, unexpectedly funny, and endlessly surprising. It tells a richly human story of the soldiers we seldom see, who fight a different kind of war in shadows and deception, haunted by the knowledge that certainty and guarantee of success are nowhere to be found.”
So who is cast in Operation Mincemeat?
Netflix’s Operation Mincemeat is led by Colin Firth, who won an Oscar for his performance in The King’s Speech. He will be joined by Matthew Macfayden (Succession, Ripper Street). The two will portray the two masterminds behind Operation Mincemeat: Ewen Montagu and Charles Cholmondeley. They will be joined by Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire, No Country for Old Men), who will portray Marine officer Jean Leslie.
The three leads will be joined by Simon Russell Beale (The Death of Stalin, Penny Dreadful), Johnny Flynn (Vanity Fair, Genius), Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter, The OA), as Winston Churchill Ian Fleming and John Godfrey, respectively.
Production Timeline for Operation Mincemeat
Operation Mincemeat entered production in December 2019 and wrapped in Spring 2020, just before the COVID-19 pandemic. Filming took place in the UK and Spain. Here is a selection of set photos via DailyMail, including from the Sicily invasion shoot at the Saunton Sands, UK:
And here is a brief video where we can see Colin Firth along with his costars in their uniforms:
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