Lionsgate pre-purchase UK rights to ‘Late Summer’ with Emily Watson –

EXCLUSIVE: Metro International has pre-sold UK screening rights. At the end of summer in Lionsgate UK.

Historical drama linked to star Emily Watson (Breaking the waves) and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Agriculture) along with Harriet Walter (succession), who recently joined the cast.

Set as World War II draws to a close, the film tells how a brief encounter leads to a love affair that rekindles a dormant passion between a lonely farmer’s wife and an American soldier. As the world around them conspires against their relationship, the realities of their existence soon force them to make a very difficult decision.

Debbie Gray producing through Genesius Pictures (Good luck, Leo Grande). BAFTA nominee Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner) became an executive producer. Writer Talitha Stevenson makes her debut as a director with her own screenplay. Her creative team includes esteemed cinematographer Christopher Doyle (love mood), editor Helle le Febvre (Souvenir: Part II), BAFTA-winning production designer Jennifer Williams (Christopher Robin) and Oscar-winning costume designer Jenny Bevan (Cruella).

Deals were also made in Australia and New Zealand (The Reset Collective), Canada (Level Film), the Middle East (Phenicia) and airlines (Cinesky). Production is due to begin in June 2023, with Metro continuing pre-sales on the TIFF market and the upcoming AFM.

Sam Parker, partner at Metro International, negotiated the deal with Emma Berkofsky, Lionsgate’s Head of Development and Purchasing. Closing the deal with Lionsgate, he commented: “We are thrilled to be working with Lionsgate, who share our passion for this poignant love story. They are the perfect partner to bring the film to life for the UK audience.”

Emma Berkofsky of Lionsgate UK added: “We are delighted to be working with Metro and to renew our partnership with Debbie Grey. Talita Stevenson’s screenplay is a beautifully executed tender love story, and we can’t wait to work with her on it.”

Producer Debbie Gray said: “After the success Good luck Leo GrandeI am thrilled to be producing yet another film that challenges preconceptions about female sexuality later in life. AT At the end of summer we explore this once again through Talita Stevenson’s juicy, deeply moving and beautifully written love story. I’m delighted to be working with the great Lionsgate team again.”

Also at TIFF at Metro will be the world premiere of the musical romance. Jug for swearingstarring Adelaide Clemens, Patrick J. Adams, Douglas Smith and Kathleen Turner, and showing promotional footage for the horror film Hammer, Dr. Jekyllstarring Eddie Izzard, and Typist Artist Pirate Kingdirected by Carol Morley, starring Monica Dolan, Kelly MacDonald and Gina Mackey.

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