Cannes: Alchemy Takes 'The Lobster' For U.S.

The English-language debut from 'Dogtooth' director Yorgos Lanthimos stars Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz.

Alchemy has pounced on The Lobster, taking all U.S. rights to Yorgos Lanthimos English-language debut, which premiered to critical acclaim at the Cannes film festival last week.

The comedic satire stars Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz. It is set in a dystopian near-future in which single people who fail to find a proper mate are transformed into the animal of their choice. John C. Reilly, Lea Seydoux, Olivia Colman and Ben Whishaw also star.

The Lobster is alternately beautiful, romantic, mysterious, and hilarious," said Brooke Ford, Alchemy executive vp marketing, in a statement. "Yorgos has created a completely original film that we are proud to bring to single people and non-single people alike throughout the U.S."

Protagonist Pictures is handling international sales for The Lobster in Cannes.

Alchemy vp acquisitions Jeff Deutchman, Protagonist Pictures' Mike Goodridge and CAA negotiated the domestic deal for The Lobster on behalf of the filmmakers.