Deadline is reporting Focus Features acquired Domhnall’s upcoming movie “The Little Stranger“. They also report Domhnall is joined by Charlotte Rampling, Ruth Wilson and Will Poulter.
Focus Features has picked up worldwide rights to Lenny Abrahamson’s The Little Stranger, excluding the UK, France and Switzerland, where it will be distributed by Pathé. The chilling ghost story, which will begin production in the UK this summer with a planned 2018 release, stars Charlotte Rampling, Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson and Will Poulter.
Abrahamson, who directed the 2015 Oscar-nominated pic Room, will direct. Lucinda Coxton, who wrote the screenplay adaptation for Focus’ The Danish Girl, adapts from Sarah Waters’ 2009 novel of the same name.
Story takes place in post-WWII Britain, where a doctor (Gleeson) revisits a crumbling great house called Hundreds Halls where his mother once worked as a nurse maid. The owners are losing the house because they can’t afford the taxes, even though they say the home is haunted by the malevolent ghost of their mother’s first-born daughter. The doctor becomes obsessed with marrying one of the owner’s daughters (Wilson), and bad things happen.
Producers are Gail Egan, Andrea Calderwood and Ed Guiney. Exec producers are Pathe’s Cameron McCracken, Film4’s Daniel Battsek, Irish Film Board’s Celine Haddad, Ingenious’ Tim O’Shea and Element’s Andrew Lowe. The film was developed by Potboiler and Film4 with Element Films.
It’s a Focus Features, Pathe and Film4 presentation in association with Ingenious Media and the Irish Film Board of a Potboiler production in association with Element Pictures.
Screen Daily is reporting that “The Little Stranger” received funding from the Irish Film Board.
Lenny Abrahamson’s forthcoming adaptation of Sarah Waters’ acclaimed wartime ghost story The Little Stranger is among the films being supported by the Irish Film Board in its latest round of funding decisions.
In a diverse and wide-ranging first quarter, Room director Abrahamson’s [pictured] adaption of The Little Stranger has received production funding of €350,000.
The novel, which centres on the strange goings on in a country house in rural Warwickshire, has been adapted for the big screen by English novelist and screenwriter Lucinda Coxon (The Danish Girl). Domhnall Gleeson is attached to the project, which will be co-produced by Element Pictures.
Daily Mail is reporting that Domhnall will star and reunited with “Frank” director Lenny Abrahamson for “The Little Stranger“.
Domhnall Gleeson, who will star as a small-town doctor in director Lenny Abrahamson’s film version of Sarah Waters’ ghost story The Little Stranger.
The novel, set in the late Forties, has been adapted by Lucinda Coxon, who wrote the screenplay for The Danish Girl, Tom Hooper’s brilliant film about a different kind of marriage.
Abrahamson said he will make the picture in Britain next summer. ‘It’s an intelligent film that doesn’t have super-heroes or schlock,’ he told me.
Abrahamson already has a hit with the film Room, starring Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay. It was very successful at the recent Telluride and Toronto film festivals. Room will be shown at the BFI London Film Festival on October 11 to 13.
Gleeson has some big movies coming up! He’s in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens and The Revenant, from director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (who shot Birdman).
I’m hearing great things about Revenant, which also stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy and Will Poulter.