'Elegy' gets pickup

Penelope Cruz, Ben Kingsley, Dennis Hopper among cast

NEW YORK -- Samuel Goldwyn Films, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group and Netflix's Red Envelope Entertainment have acquired Lakeshore Entertainment's drama "Elegy," starring Penelope Cruz, Ben Kingsley, Dennis Hopper, Patricia Clarkson, Peter Sarsgaard and Deborah Harry.

Isabel Coixet's adaptation of Philip Roth's short novel "The Dying Animal" premiered at this year's Berlin Film Festival. Cruz plays a Cuban student whose professor (Kingsley) attempts to seduce her.

The book's serious tone is preserved by screenwriter Nicholas Meyer. Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi and Andre Lamal produced the feature, which will hit US theaters in August. Netflix will help promote the theatrical release before handling its rentals on the service.

SGF's Meyer Gottlieb and Peter Goldwyn, SPWAG's Scott Shooman, Lakeshore's David Dinerstein and REE's Thom Zadra negotiated the deal.