Universal Swipes Lily James True-Crime Feature 'Peggy Jo' in Multi-Territory Deal

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The film will be loosely based on the true-story account of a Texan woman who took to robbing banks while posing as a man.

Peggy Jo, the upcoming true-crime love story starring Lily James, has sold out internationally for HanWay Films.

The feature, from award-winning director Phillip Noyce, was acquired by the Universal Pictures Content Group in a deal that included Benelux, German speaking Europe, Italy, Portugal, Scandinavia, Turkey, the U.K., Bulgaria, the former Yugoslavia, Czech & Slovak Republics, Hungary, Poland, Romania, CIS, Baltics, Israel, West Indies, South Africa, Hong Kong, the Indian subcontinent, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, South East Asia Pay TV, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and Latin America. HanWay has also closed deals with DeAPlaneta (Spain), Tohokushinsha (Japan), Noori Pictures (South Korea), Shaw (Singapore), Odeon (Greece) and Front Row (Middle East).

The film, which was first announced at this year's virtual Cannes film market, is loosely based on the true-story account of Peggy Jo Dallas (James) — billed as a real-life Texan "Bonnie" but without the "Clyde" — who takes to robbing banks while posing as a man. Adapted for the screen by Appaloosa writer Robert Knott, the film will be shot in the United States.

Peggy Jo is produced by Simon Brooks through his L.A.-based production entity Canyon Creek Films; Brooks previously produced Love, Rosie and executive produced White Noise. HanWay Films represents the international sales rights and UTA Independent Film Group is handling the U.S. sale.