Cannes: Brie Larson Drama 'Room' Goes to A24 Films (Exclusive)
Lenny Abrahamson is directing the project based on Emma Donoghue’s novel.
Continuing its busy buying streak at Cannes, A24 Films has prebought U.S. rights to Room, the adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s novel that will star Brie Larson.
Lenny Abrahamson is attached to direct the project, which will start shooting in the fall.
The book Room, which came out in 2010, is told from the perspective of a 5-year-old boy Jack, who, along with his mother, is being held captive in a single, small room by man who kidnapped her when she was a teen. The book, which has sold more than 2 million copies worldwide, received strong critical acclaim, and was longlisted for the 2011 Orange Prize and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2010.
Ed Guiney will produce and Andrew Lowe will executive produce for Irish production company Element Pictures and Tessa Ross, Sue Bruce Smith and Rose Garnett will executive produce for Film4 who are developing the film with the Irish Film Board.
UTA Independent Film Group, which is putting together the financing alongside Element Pictures, handled the U.S. deal with A24. FilmNation is representing international rights, and is shopping the project at the Cannes Film Market.
A24 has been very active at the festival so far, teaming with DirecTV for U.S. rights to The Captive, starring Ryan Reynolds, and Son of a Gun, starring Ewan McGregor. David Michod's The Rover, which A24 will release in the U.S., has its Cannes premiere on May 18.