Focus Features Picks up Worldwide Rights to Lenny Abrahamson’s The Little Stranger
It has been announced that Focus Features has picked up worldwide rights to Lenny Abrahamson’s The Little Stranger at the Marché du Film in Cannes. The film, written by Lucinda Coxon (The Danish Girl) is an adaptation of Sarah Waters’ 2009 novel of the same name and stars Charlotte Rampling, Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson and Will Poulter. Focus Features’ deal excludes the UK, France and Switzerland, where it will be release by Pathé, with the title being released by Element Pictures Distribution in Ireland.
Element Pictures’ Ed Guiney will produce the picture alongside Andrea Calderwood and Gail Egan for Potboiler Productions, with the IFB’s Celine Haddad, Element’s Andrew Lowe, Pathé’s Cameron McCracken, Film4’s Daniel Battsek and Ingenious Media’s Tim O’Shea all on board as executive producers.
The supernatural thriller is set in the aftermath of the Second World War and sees Dr Faraday (Gleeson) revisiting Hundreds Hall, a nearby crumbling country house owned by the Ayres family. However, the owners are now losing their home as they can’t afford to pay the taxes as they cling to the remnants of their pre-War social standing. As the Ayres family claim that their home is haunted by the malevolent ghost of their mother’s first-born daughter, Farady becomes intertwined in both the family’s past and present.
The Little Stranger builds on previous successful collaborations between Lenny Abrahamson and Element Pictures including titles such as Frank and Room—the latter of which earned the Irish director a Best Director Oscar nomination in 2016.
The film, which will begin production in the UK this summer, is expected to be released in 2018.