Lionsgate UK has acquired “Leo Grande” starring Infinite and BAFTA winner Emma Thompson and rising star Daryl McCormack.
The film is directed by Sophie Hyde (“Animal”) from the original screenplay by comedian and writer Katie Brand (“Katie Brand’s Big Ass Show”).
Thompson (“Cruella,” “Nanny McPhee”) plays Nancy Stokes, a 55-year-old widow who longs for some adventure, human connection and good sex, which was snatched away from her stable but stale marriage. To fix everything, the former teacher devised a plan and hired Leo Grande, a sex worker, in his early 20s, for a happy night.
“Good luck to you, Leo Grande” is the first joint venture between Cornerstone and Genesis Pictures who are partners in The Reset Collective, an Australian production and distribution company launched last year. Cornerstone manages international sales and distribution, co-representing U.S. sales rights with CAA Media Finance.
Alain is financing the film with Principal Adrian Politowski, along with Debbie Gray of Genesis Pictures. Executive producers include Martin Metz, Nessa McGill and Nadine Khamlichi of Alain, Julian Glick of Genesis Pictures, Alison Thompson and Mark Gooder of Cornerstone, Sophie Hyde and Katie Brand. The film is currently in post-production.
Marie-Claire Benson, head of EVP and Motion Picture Group in Lionsgate UK, announced the acquisition.
Benson said: “As we continue our unwavering support for British cinema, we are thrilled to bring this woman-led British comedy-drama to the UK audience. Its raw, uncompromising and very funny script, combined with the talents involved in front and back of the camera, made the project irresistible.
Cornerstone has closed deals with BF distribution in Latin America, MK2 Mile End in Canada and Arna Media in CIS. Previously announced contracts for the film include Wild Bunch for Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Italy and France, Scanbox for Scandinavia, WW Entertainment for Benelux, Forum Films for Israel and Eastern Europe, Front Row for the Middle East, Los Angeles for Greece, , Filmfinity for South Africa and Terry Steiner International for World Airlines.
“Good luck to you, Leo Grande” is the second British film to be acquired by the newly formed senior team at Lionsgate UK. The studio previously achieved the number 9 “Living” starring Bill Nighi.