Sam Claflin (Peaky Blinders, Enola Holmes) and Veronica Echegui (Fortitude) are set to star in the upcoming romantic comedy Book of Love, which will be a Sky Original in all markets of the Comcast-owned European pay TV giant.
Set to go into production in March, the film — being made in association with BuzzFeed Studios — is co-financed by Sky and XYZ, which is handling international distribution in non-Sky markets and will introduce the project in advance of the upcoming European Film Market, the market of the Berlin Film Festival.
Book of Love follows young, uptight English writer Henry (Claflin), whose novel is a resolute failure. He is delighted to find out his book is a surprise hit in Mexico, but when he is invited there to promote it, he soon discovers why: his Spanish translator Maria (Echegui) has rewritten his dull book as an erotic novel. Henry is furious, and even more so when his publisher insists he and Maria conduct a book tour across Mexico together. Opposites attract, and the chemistry between the two ensures sparks fly.
The film is being directed by Analeine Cal Y Mayor (Treading Water, Voz De Un Ueno), and written by BAFTA- and Emmy Award-winning writer David Quantick (Veep, Avenue 5). Producers include Michael Knowles from North of Watford Films (Best Laid Plans), Naysun Alae-Carew from Blazing Griffin (Anna and the Apocalypse), Allan Niblo from Vertigo Films (Bronson, Human Traffic), Nick Spicer and Maxime Cottray from XYZ Films and Richard Alan Reid from BuzzFeed Studios.
BuzzFeed Studios and North of Watford Films developed the screenplay and BuzzFeed Studios will be a marketing partner on the film.