Fox Searchlight Nabs 'A Bigger Splash' for U.S.

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Tilda Swinton

Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Matthias Schoenaerts and Dakota Johnson star.

Fox Searchlight has nabbed U.S. rights to A Bigger Splash, starring Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Matthias Schoenaerts and Dakota Johnson.

Directed by Luca Guadagnino from a script by David Kajganich, the film centers on a high-profile couple, a famous rock star and a filmmaker (Schoenaerts and Swinton), whose vacation on the remote Italian island of Pantelleria is interrupted by the unexpected visit of an old friend and his daughter (Fiennes and Johnson).

Fox Searchlight is slating the film for release later this year. Michael Costigan and Guadagnino produced the film, which was fully financed by Studiocanal, who will distribute the film in France, the U.K., Germany, Australia, New Zealand, and is handling international sales.

“I am honored that Fox Searchlight has chosen to distribute A Bigger Splash in the states. Tilda, Dakota, Ralph and Matthias together with the rest of our cast have brought to life what we feel and hope will be an unforgettable moviegoing experience based on the brilliant script by Dave Kajganich,” said Guadagnino in a statement.

The deal was brokered by Fox Searchlight’s executive vp worldwide acquisitions Tony Safford, senior vp business affairs Megan O’Brien and senior vp acquisitions & co-productions Ray Strache and Anna Marsh, head of international sales for Studiocanal.