Neon has landed North American rights to Francis Lee’s drama Ammonite, starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan.
The God’s Own Country filmmaker wrote and directed the 19th century-set drama. Inspired by the life of the Victorian-era fossilist Mary Anning (Winslet), the story is set in 1840s England and revolves around the intense relationship between the infamous fossil hunter and a young woman (Ronan) sent to convalesce by the sea.
See-Saw Films, which is behind the project, developed it with BBC Films and the BFI. See-Saw’s Iain Canning and Emile Sherman produced alongside Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly and Winslet. See-Saw’s Simon Gillis, Mary Burke, Rose Garnett and Zygi Kamasa executive produced.
CAA Media Finance and Cross City Films, See-Saw’s in-house sales arm, negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.