Cynthia Nixon's Emily Dickinson Biopic 'A Quiet Passion' Acquired by Music Box for U.S.

A Quiet Passion Still 3 - Cynthia Nixon and Keith Carradine - H 2016
Courtesy of Johan Voets/Berlin Internationl Film Festival

Terence Davies' film had its North American premiere in Toronto after a Berlin bow.

Music Box has taken the U.S. rights to Terence Davies' A Quiet Passion, a period drama that stars Cynthia Nixon as the shy American poet Emily Dickinson.

A late first-quarter 2017 theatrical release is planned. "We feel very lucky to be entrusted with Terence’s latest. He is a singular filmmaker and A Quiet Passion shows him working at his most sublime,” said Music Box Films managing director Edward Arentz in a statement.

The film's ensemble cast includes Jennifer Ehle, Keith Carradine and Duncan Duff, and had its North America premiere in Toronto after a debut in Berlin. Double Dutch International earlier signed deals for A Quiet Passion for Germany, Spain, Australia/New Zealand, the U.K. and China.

Sol Papadopoulos and Roy Boulter of Hurricane Films produced A Quiet Passion with Belgium's Potemkino. Jason Van Eman, Ben McConley and Ross Marroso of WeatherVane Productions, Stuart Pollok of Indomitable Entertainment, Dominic Ianno, and Jason Moring are executive producers.

The U.S. deal was negotiated by Nick Shumaker of UTA representing the producers, and Music Box Films president William Schopf.