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A24/DirecTV has picked up U.S. rights to The Children Act, the adaptation of the novel by Booker Prize-winning author Ian McEwan.
The film, which features a strong lead actress performance by Emma Thompson, will be released next year, pushing the actress’ awards-qualifying bid out of this year’s race.
A source pegged the deal at mid-seven figures.
The Children Act stars Stanley Tucci and Thompson, who plays a high court judge that finds personal and professional crises colliding when she is asked to rule in the case of a brilliant 18-year-old boy who is refusing the blood transfusion that would save his life.
McEwan adapted his own novel for the screen for director Richard Eyre and producer Duncan Kenworthy.
The Children Act had its world premiere at The Toronto Film Festival.
CAA repped the filmmakers. FilmNation is handling international sales.
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