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New Saoirse Ronan Film 'Ammonite' Pre-Sells to Sony, Lionsgate & Transmission
07 Feb 2019 : News Desk
The romance-drama starring the Irish actress opposite Kate Winslet has pre-sold to Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA), Lionsgate and Transmission for key international markets.

The feature film is produced by See-Saw (‘Lion’, ‘The King’s Speech’) and Lady Macbeth producer and Kerry native Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly. Francis Lee (‘God’s Own Country’) has written and will direct the story inspired by the life of fossil hunter Mary Anning. Set in 1840s England, the film will chart the intense relationship that develops between Anning (Winslet) and a young woman (Ronan) sent to convalesce by the sea.

The film pre-sold to the companies after a heated auction, as the project has been highly sought after since its announcement in December. See-Saw’s in-house sales arm Cross City Films will continue to sell the film at the EFM in Berlin this week with key markets still on the table. CAA Media Finance is co-repping domestic rights. SPWA has taken a number of international territories including the Middle East, LatAm, Asia, Scandinavia, South Africa, Spain, Turkey and Italy. Lionsgate acquired the rights in the UK while Transmission Films has secured Australia/NZ.

Simon Gillis, See-Saw’s COO for Film, told Deadline:

“We are thrilled to be partnering with SPWA, Lionsgate and Transmission to bring this achingly beautiful love story to the big screen. Francis is an incredibly special filmmaker and has attracted extraordinary talent and world class distribution to Ammonite. We are excited to launch sales for France, Germany, Switzerland and Japan this week at the EFM.”

The film is being co-financed by BBC Films and the BFI, with Mary Burke, Zygi Kamasa, Rose Garnett and Simon Gillis of See-Saw Films executive producing. See-Saw developed the drama with the BFI and BBC Films. Gillis brokered the pre-sales on behalf of Cross City Films.

‘Ammonite’ is due to begin filming next month.

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