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Michelle Pfeiffer and Lucas Hedges Drama ‘French Exit’

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired the U.S. rights to “French Exit,” the following movie from director and author Azazel Jacobs that may star Michelle Pfeiffer and Lucas Hedges, the distributor introduced Saturday.

SPC additionally nabbed rights within the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, China and worldwide airways. Production on the movie will start in October in Montreal and Paris. Tracy Letts was additionally beforehand reported to be starring.

“French Exit” is predicated on the guide of the identical title by Canadian novelist Patrick deWitt, which was short-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. It’s a surrealist, darkish comedy that follows a rich widow and her grownup son who flee New York and journey to Paris after they’re caught up in a monetary scandal. Here’s the total synopsis:

“My plan was to die before the money ran out,” says 60-year-old penniless Manhattan socialite Frances Price (Michelle Pfeiffer), however issues didn’t go as deliberate. Her husband Franklin has been useless for 20 years and together with his huge inheritance gone, she cashes within the final of her possessions and resolves to stay out her twilight days anonymously in a modest house in Paris, accompanied by her directionless son Malcolm (Hedges) and the embodiment of Franklin within the type of ‘Small Frank’, the household cat.

“To work with Sony Pictures Classics is a dream come true for me. They have given us so many beautiful, inspiring films over the years, and the incredible care and expertise with which they release them has always impressed me. As I prepare to embark on production, I am happy and relieved to know that French Exit will ultimately be in their hands,” Jacobs mentioned in an announcement.

DeWitt added: “When I wrote the novel and screenplay I couldn’t have imagined a more exciting cast to embody these characters. Sony Classics is a dream distributor consistently delivering smart, quality work. I’m honored to be working with this incredibly talented team.”

“‘French Exit’ is the fresh, distinctive screenplay we’ve been looking for all year. Based on the spectacular best selling novel by Patrick deWitt with settings in the New York and Paris we’ve grown to love, deWitt’s screenplay has dialogue, witty and strong and rich characters in the mold of the best Hollywood comedies,” Sony Pictures Classics mentioned in an announcement.

Pfeiffer will subsequent be seen in “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.” Hedges will subsequent be seen in “Honey Boy” and has “Waves” taking part in on the Toronto International Film Festival this week. Jacobs is the director of most lately “The Lovers,” but additionally the indies “Terri” and “Momma’s Man.

The Canadian/ Irish worldwide co-production of “French Exit” is produced by Rocket Science, Elevation Pictures, Screen Siren Pictures and Blinder Films. CAA Media Finance and Rocket Science brokered the take care of Sony Pictures Classics.

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions beforehand picked up all different worldwide territories for the movie excluding Canada and Switzerland.

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