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In theory, Gilles Lellouche’s sophomore film Sink Or Swim would appear to be yet another zany screwball comedy—French star (and sometime Bond villain) Matthieu Almaric plays an unemployed man who joins an amateur synchronized swimming team to bre…

In theory, Gilles Lellouche's sophomore film Sink Or Swim would appear to be yet another zany screwball comedy—French star (and sometime Bond villain) Matthieu Almaric plays an unemployed man who joins an amateur synchronized swimming team to break the boredom. In practice, though, it is a surprisingly thoughtful enterprise, melancholy and even rather moving in places, as if those Belgian masters of social realism the Dardenne brothers had been handed the reins of Dodgebal…

Colin Firth Starring ‘Secret Garden’ Omar Sy’s ‘Lost Prince’ Sell Worldwide for Studiocanal (EXCLUSIVE)

Announcing very possibly the first clean sales sweep on one of the major new titles brought onto the market at Cannes, Studiocanal, part of Vivendi’s Canal Plus Group, sold out worldwide on the David Heyman-produced “The Secret Garden.” Studiocan…

Announcing very possibly the first clean sales sweep on one of the major new titles brought onto the market at Cannes, Studiocanal, part of Vivendi’s Canal Plus Group, sold out worldwide on the David Heyman-produced “The Secret Garden.” Studiocanal’s notably all-women sales team, overseen by distribution chief Anna Marsh and headed by international sales chief […]

‘Secret Garden’ Gets North American Distribution Deal With Global Road

Global Road Entertainment has acquired the North American distribution rights to “The Secret Garden,” a film adaptation of the beloved British children’s novel, starring Colin Firth and Julie Walters, Rob Friedman, Chairman and CEO of Global Road Entertainment and StudioCanal announced Saturday during the Cannes Film Festival.

The film is directed by Marc Munden from a script written by Jack Thorne.

“‘The Secret Garden’ is one of the world’s most beloved stories of all time celebrating friendship, nature and the limitless power of childhood imagination,” Friedman said. “We are proud to work with StudioCanal in bringing Marc’s version, starring an incredible cast led by Colin and Julie, to North American audiences and continue the legacy of the touching message that has prevailed for over a century.”

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The movie is based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 novel of the same name, which centers around 10-year-old orphan Mary Lennox, who feels lonelier than ever when she’s sent from India to live with her reclusive uncle Archibald (Firth) and his strict housekeeper Mrs. Medlock (Walters) in a mysterious Yorkshire manor. But her curiosity and determination lead her to disobey the adults and explore the forbidding house. While roaming the grounds of the manor she discovers an enchanted and boundless garden that has been hidden for years and reflects her limitless imagination. With local boy Dickon, her sick cousin Colin and a playful stray dog, she embraces this world of wonder which unlocks secrets from the past, revealing a whole new life of hope and friendship.

“The Secret Garden” is financed by StudioCanal, and hails from Heyday Film’s David Heyman and Rosie Alison, with StudioCanal’s Didier Lupfer, Danny Perkins, and Dan MacRae executive producing. The acquisition was negotiated by John Zois, Global Road Entertainment’s Head of Worldwide Acquisitions & Co-Productions and StudioCanal. StudioCanal will handle international sales for the film. Principal photography on “The Secret Garden” began April 30 in the UK.

“We are delighted to find a partner in Global Road and to work with Rob and his incredible team to bring Marc Munden’s fantastical reimagining of ‘The Secret Garden’ to North American audiences,” Anna Marsh EVP International Distribution for StudioCanal. “They quickly understood and shared our passion for and commitment to this incredibly special film.”

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Global Road Entertainment has acquired the North American distribution rights to “The Secret Garden,” a film adaptation of the beloved British children’s novel, starring Colin Firth and Julie Walters, Rob Friedman, Chairman and CEO of Global Road Entertainment and StudioCanal announced Saturday during the Cannes Film Festival.

The film is directed by Marc Munden from a script written by Jack Thorne.

“‘The Secret Garden’ is one of the world’s most beloved stories of all time celebrating friendship, nature and the limitless power of childhood imagination,” Friedman said. “We are proud to work with StudioCanal in bringing Marc’s version, starring an incredible cast led by Colin and Julie, to North American audiences and continue the legacy of the touching message that has prevailed for over a century.”

 

The movie is based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 novel of the same name, which centers around 10-year-old orphan Mary Lennox, who feels lonelier than ever when she’s sent from India to live with her reclusive uncle Archibald (Firth) and his strict housekeeper Mrs. Medlock (Walters) in a mysterious Yorkshire manor. But her curiosity and determination lead her to disobey the adults and explore the forbidding house. While roaming the grounds of the manor she discovers an enchanted and boundless garden that has been hidden for years and reflects her limitless imagination. With local boy Dickon, her sick cousin Colin and a playful stray dog, she embraces this world of wonder which unlocks secrets from the past, revealing a whole new life of hope and friendship.

“The Secret Garden” is financed by StudioCanal, and hails from Heyday Film’s David Heyman and Rosie Alison, with StudioCanal’s Didier Lupfer, Danny Perkins, and Dan MacRae executive producing. The acquisition was negotiated by John Zois, Global Road Entertainment’s Head of Worldwide Acquisitions & Co-Productions and StudioCanal. StudioCanal will handle international sales for the film. Principal photography on “The Secret Garden” began April 30 in the UK.

“We are delighted to find a partner in Global Road and to work with Rob and his incredible team to bring Marc Munden’s fantastical reimagining of ‘The Secret Garden’ to North American audiences,” Anna Marsh EVP International Distribution for StudioCanal. “They quickly understood and shared our passion for and commitment to this incredibly special film.”

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Cannes Report, Day 4: Sales Market Heats Up, '355' Sparks Bidding War, Jean-Luc Godard Is Back

'Girl' Film Review: Transgender Teen Drama Is a True Cannes Discovery

Cannes Report, Day 3: Women Rule, 'Cold War' Hailed as 'Best Film' Yet

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Benedict Cumberbatch’s TV drama The Child in Time is set to receive a theatrical debut in China after Studiocanal closed a deal in the Middle Kingdom.
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Benedict Cumberbatch's TV drama The Child in Time is set to receive a theatrical debut in China after Studiocanal closed a deal in the Middle Kingdom. The distributor sold the 90-minute TV movie, which aired on BBC One in the UK and PBS' Masterpiece in the U.S., to Vision Film Entertainment, which plans to launch it theatrically and has retained all rights in China. The unusual deal was struck by Anna Marsh, EVP International Distribution, Studiocanal. The Child In Time,

C4-Backed Walter Presents Buys Lars Mikkelsen’s Danish Drama ‘Ride Upon The Storm’ From ‘Borgen’ Creator Adam Price

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The digital platform has struck a deal with distributor Studiocanal for the series, which was …

Channel 4-backed foreign-language drama service Walter Presents has picked up Danish drama Ride Upon The Storm, its latest high-profile European acquisition. The digital platform has struck a deal with distributor Studiocanal for the series, which was created by Borgen creator Adam Price and stars House of Cards' Lars Mikkelsen. The religious-themed series centers on a family of priests and how they each choose their path to live a meaningful life. While on the face of…

Colin Firth and Julie Walters Join David Heyman-Produced ‘The Secret Garden’

Colin Firth and Julie Walters will star in the David Heyman-produced adaptation of children’s literary classic “The Secret Garden.” The film reunites Heyday Films and Studiocanal, which developed and financed the project, after their collaboration on t…

Colin Firth and Julie Walters will star in the David Heyman-produced adaptation of children’s literary classic “The Secret Garden.” The film reunites Heyday Films and Studiocanal, which developed and financed the project, after their collaboration on the “Paddington” movies. Shooting will take place in the U.K., and starts Monday. Marc Munden directs from Jack Thorne’s […]

Colin Firth, Julie Walters Discover ‘The Secret Garden’ For Studiocanal, Heyday Films

Principal photography is getting underway Monday on Studiocanal and Heyday Films’ The Secret Garden with Colin Firth and Julie Walters starring. As Deadline revealed in January, Marc Munden is directing the new take on the classic children’s nove…

Principal photography is getting underway Monday on Studiocanal and Heyday Films’ The Secret Garden with Colin Firth and Julie Walters starring. As Deadline revealed in January, Marc Munden is directing the new take on the classic children's novel. Jack Thorne adapted the book for the big screen and has moved the story to a slightly later period, removing it from the Edwardian era to 1947, on the eve of Partition in India, and in the aftermath of WW2 in Britain. Set in…