Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley announced today that the company has acquired U.S. rights as well as multiple international territories to the romantic drama Brooklyn, starring Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters. The film is directed by John Crowley and written by Nick Hornby, based on Colm Toibin's acclaimed novel. The film is produced by Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey and is scheduled to be released in 2015. Here's what Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley had to say in a statement.
"We were overwhelmed by this epic film - the impeccable direction, the flawless attention to detail and Saoirse's heartbreaking performance of Eilis' emotional journey. This film is the kind of classic love story that audiences yearn for and is so often missing from today's world."
Producers Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey also released the following statement.
"We could not be more thrilled to have Searchlight as the home for Brooklyn. They are as passionate about the film as we, John Crowley and Nick are and their pedigree is a perfect fit."
Brooklyn tells the profoundly moving story of Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), a young Irish immigrant navigating her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother's home for the shores of New York City. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Eilis into the intoxicating charm of love. But soon, her new vivacity is disrupted by her past, and Eilis must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.
The deal was brokered by Fox Searchlight's Senior Vice President of Acquisitions & Co-Productions Ray Strache, Senior Vice President of Business Affairs Megan O'Brien and Executive Vice President of Worldwide Acquisitions Tony Safford, and Thorsten Schumacher and Chiara Gelardin from HanWay Films and CAA, who represented the film.