Sony Pictures’ Classics picked up “French Exit” with Oscar nominee Michelle Pfeiffer and Oscar nominee Lucas Hedges. The studio acquired all rights in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, China and worldwide airlines, with Azazel Jacobs set to direct. The adaptation is scheduled to start production this October in Montreal and Paris.
Patrick deWitt wrote the screenplay for “French Exit,” which is based on his international bestselling book of the same name. The novel was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. If you like to read the original work before seeing the adaptation, you can find deWitt’s work right here on Amazon.
The comedy-drama follows penniless Manhattan socialite Frances Price (Michelle Pfeiffer). Twenty years after her husband’s death, Price sells everything she has left and moves to a modest apartment in Paris, where she plans to quietly live out the rest of her days with her son Malcolm (Hedges) and the embodiment of Franklin in the form of ‘Small Frank’, the family 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,” said Azazel Jacobs.
“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.,” said Patrick deWitt.
“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. This promises goldmine performances from Michelle Pfeiffer and Lucas Hedges. We couldn’t be more pleased to be working with director Azazel Jacobs, a formidable voice in independent film,” added Sony Pictures Classics.
The Canadian/ Irish international co-production is produced by Rocket Science, Elevation Pictures, Screen Siren Pictures and Blinder Films.
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