TIFF: Thriller 'London Fields' Nabbed by Lionsgate and Grindstone for U.S. (Exclusive)
Billy Bob Thorton, Johnny Depp, Cara Delevingne and Theo James also appear in Mathew Cullen’s film.
Lionsgate and Grindstone has acquired London Fields, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The noir crime thriller is based on Martin Amis' 1989 novel of the same name. Set in a bleak 1999 London, the story revolves around a promiscuous psychic (Amber Heard) who meets her fate as foretold by her visions by going to a seedy London pub.
The film has been plagued by controversy, with director Mathew Cullin suing producers Chris Hanley (Spring Breakers, American Psycho) and Jordan Gertner, claiming they lied about creative control and the funding of the film. When the film makes its world premiere on Friday at the Toronto Film Festival, it is unclear whether Cullin and the film's stars Billy Bob Thorton, Cara Delevingne and Theo James will show up. Johnny Depp, who is married to Heard, also makes an appearance in the film and has been on hand for two TIFF premieres this week: his film Black Mass and her film The Danish Girl. Hanley's wife, Roberta Hanley, wrote the screenplay with Amis.
The film is a Grindstone acquisition and will be released by Lionsgate Premiere. The deal, which was negotiated by CAA, calls for a theatrical release.
The film is a Hero Entertainment/Muse Productions/Media Talent Group/Lipsync production. Geyer Kosinski also produced the film.