Cannes: Saban Buys Dystopian Thriller 'The Girl With All the Gifts'

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Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine and Glenn Close star.

Saban Films is picking up its second film in Cannes: the dystopian thriller The Girl With All the Gifts.

The company is closing U.S. distribution rights for the project directed by Colm McCarthy and written by Mike Carey. The film stars Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine, Glenn Close and Sennia Nanua.

Set in a dystopian world, The Girl With All the Gifts centers on a seemingly normal and very intelligent little girl who lives in an underground army bunker with other children her age. A group of scientists, led by Dr. Caldwell (Close), are examining them to find a cure for a fungal spore that has infected the planet.

The British Film Institute and Creative England financed the film, which was produced by Camille Gatin and Angus Lamont. Altitude Film Sales is handling international sales.

“Carey has adapted his novel into a film with an unmatched level of cataclysm,” said Saban Films’ Bill Bromiley. “The Girl With All the Gifts is a sophisticated movie, with McCarthy’s vision and this dynamic cast, and we know that our audiences will be hooked from start to finish.”

Bromiley and Ness Saban negotiated the deal on behalf of Saban Films, with Altitude’s Mike Runagall representing the filmmakers.

Saban also picked up U.S. rights for John Michael McDonagh’s War on Everyone, starring Michael Pena and Alexander Skarsgard, on Thursday in Cannes.