EXCLUSIVE: Metro International has pre-sold the UK rights to present late in summer to Lionsgate UK.
The period drama is due to star Emily Watson (breaking the waves) and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Agriculture) alongside Harriet Walter (Succession) who has recently joined the cast.
Set just as World War II draws to a close, the film will trace how a brief encounter leads to a love story that ignites a smoldering passion between a lonely farmer’s wife and an American soldier. With the world around them conspiring against their relationship, it’s not long before the realities of their existence force them to make a very difficult decision.
Debbie Gray produces through Genesius Pictures (Good luck to you, Big Leo.) BAFTA nominee Timothy Spall (mr turner) has joined as an executive producer. Novelist Talitha Stevenson will make her directorial debut from her own screenplay. Her creative team includes revered cinematographer Christopher Doyle (In the mood for love), the publisher Helle le Fevre (The Memory: Part II), BAFTA-winning production designer Jennifer Williams (Christopher Robin) and Oscar-winning costume designer Jenny Beavan (cruella).
Deals have also been closed in Australia and New Zealand (The Reset Collective), Canada (Level Film), the Middle East (Phoenicia) and Airlines (Cinesky). Production is due to start in June 2023, with Metro continuing pre-sales during the TIFF market and the upcoming AFM.
Sam Parker, a partner at Metro International, negotiated the deal with Emma Berkofsky, director of development and acquisitions at Lionsgate. Closing the deal with Lionsgate, he commented, “We are delighted to be working with Lionsgate, who share our passion for this moving love story. They are the perfect partner to bring the film to life for UK audiences.”
Emma Berkofsky of Lionsgate UK added: “We are delighted to be working with Metro and to renew our collaboration with Debbie Gray. Talitha 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 of Good luck to you, Big Leo.I am very pleased to produce another film that challenges preconceptions about female sexuality later in life. In late in summer We explore this once again through Talitha Stevenson’s delightfully deeply moving and beautifully written love story. I am delighted to be working with the great team at Lionsgate again.”
Also at TIFF, Metro Presents the World Premiere of Musical Romance the jar of oathsstarring Adelaide Clemens, Patrick J. Adams, Douglas Smith and Kathleen Turner, and show promotional images of Hammer horror, dr jekyllstarring Eddie Izzard, and Typist Artist Pirate Kingdirected by Carol Morley and starring Monica Dolan, Kelly Macdonald and Gina McKee.