Lionsgate takes U.K. to 'The Edge'


LONDON -- Lionsgate U.K. has embraced U.K. and Australian rights to John Maybury's "The Edge of Love" from sales and finance house Capitol Films, the parties said Tuesday.

The deal was negotiated by Capitol managing director Nick Hill and Lionsgate U.K. chief executive Zygi Kamasa just a few days into the movie's production.

Hill said Lionsgate had been "keen supporters" of the Maybury project, previously known as "The Best Time of Our Lives," which stars Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller and Cillian Murphy.

"(Lionsgate's) proven track record in releasing sophisticated yet commercial fare is second to none and their involvement at this early stage will be of great benefit as we continue to plan the worldwide distribution of the film," Hill said.

For his part, Kamasa said the acquisition represented "just the sort of project that is a perfect fit for our U.K. and Australian operations: a classic story of broken promises, passion and betrayal, featuring some of the hottest young talent worldwide today."

Billed as a romantic tale, "Love" tells the story of two feisty, free-spirited women and the brilliant, charismatic poet Dylan Thomas, who loves both women.

The movie is produced by Rebekah Gilbertson and Sarah Radclyffe from a screenplay by Sharman MacDonald.

The film is bankrolled by Capitol Films, BBC Films, Wales Creative IP Fund, administered by Finance Wales and Prescience Film Finance.