Todor Kobakov is currently recording his score for the upcoming thriller Backstabbing for Beginners. The film is directed by Per Fly (The Inheritance, Monica Z) and stars Theo James, Ben Kingsley and Jacqueline Bisset. The movie follows a young idealist who lands his dream job as a program coordinator for the U.N.’s Oil for Food program and is thrown into a post-war Iraq where government agents and power-hungry nations are circling the country’s oil reserves. Fly also co-wrote the screenplay with Daniel Pyne (The Manchurian Candidate, Fracture, The Sum of All Fears), inspired by Michael Soussan’s memoir of the same title. Lars Knudsen & Jay Van Hoy (Beginners, American Honey) are producing for Parts and Labor, alongside Malene Blenkov (Bridgend) & Nikolaj Vibe Michelsen for Creative Alliance, and Daniel Bekerman (The Witch) for Scythia Films. Kobakov is recording his music with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Backstabbing for Beginners is expected to premiere later this year.
As previously reported, Kobakov (Born to Be Blue, The Samaritan, Bitten, Hellions) also has the BET original mini-series Madiba starring Laurence Fishburne coming up. The composer is also scoring the new CTV drama Cardinal based on Giles Blunt’s John Cardinal Mysteries series and starring Billy Campbell and Karine Vanasse. The 6-part thriller will premiere in Canada on CTV on January 25, 2017.