Variety is reporting that “Disobedience” was acquired for international territories, including in the UK and the Australia. It has not yet been reported if the movie found a distributor in the United States, but it was previously reported that the movie is expected to be released in 2017. The movie is currently in post-production and being sold at the Cannes buyers market.
Continuing to work with world-class directors from across the globe, Glen Basner’s FilmNation Entertainment has sold most of the world on its double bill of upcoming English-language movies from Sebastian Lelio: Romantic drama “Disobedience,” currently in post-production, starring Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz, Academy Award nominee Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola; and Lelio’s untitled film with Academy Award winner Julianne Moore, in a reimagining of his critically-acclaimed Berlinale 2015 smash hit “Gloria,” which is currently in pre-production.
”We feel very fortunate to work with Sebastian [Lelio] and some amazing producers on two truly special films. This is proof positive that excellence and boldness in film can still guarantee a filmmaker world class distribution,” said Glen Basner, FilmNation CEO.
As proof, “Disobedience” has been acquired by Curzon Artificial Eye for the U.K., Roadshow for Australia, Mars for France, Cinema SRL for Italy, Lev for Israel, and Pathe for Switzerland.
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group (SPWAG) has acquired multiple territories including Germany, Spain, Japan, CIS, South Korea, Benelux, Latin America, Greece, Portugal, Portugal, Turkey, all of Asia and South Africa.
News is going slowly with “Disobedience” recently wrapping up filming and “Game Night” being in pre-production. We will round-up the latest news on both project in this post.
• Variety is reporting that Lamorne Morris is in negotiations to join “Game Night“. Morris joins Rachel, Jason Bateman, Jesse Plemons and Kylie Bunbury. Bunbury and Morris will play one of the couples. Production is expected to start within the next few months.
• According to Project Casting “Game Night” is having an open casting calls for the movie with the production expected to start in early April and filming taking place in Atlanta, Georgia.
• According to an interview with Alan Corduner, “Disobedience” that the movie is expected to be released in the fall. Corduner is also set to co-star in the movie, which he describes as a low-budget movie set in North London’s Orthodox Jewish community. The movie is currently in post-production with no exact date has been announced.
According to several reports filming for “Disobedience” has wrapped. Screen Daily is reporting that director Sebastián Lelio flew to Berlin to attend the 67th Berlinale International Film Festival yesterday after wrapping up production on “Disobedience“. Last weekend the cast and crew attended a wrap party for the movie in London and according to a local report by the German newspaper Morning Post the director was expected to fly to New York last Sunday to continue production on the movie. Before the New York shoot, the cast and crew mainly filmed in (North) London, including in the Cricklewood area. Furthermore, local reports were also reporting Rachel visited the Hasmonean School to do research for her role. As we reported on twitter earlier this week the director of photography/cinematographer is Danny Cohen (The King’s Speech, Room, The Danish Girl). While an official release date has not yet been announced, Cohen’s agency is reporting a 2017 release for the movie. Furthermore, IMDB is also reporting the 2017 release date and recently added several (supporting) cast members to the cast list.
The movie is based on Naomi Alderman’s best selling novel with the same title and her father, who is also a consultant of the movie and has a small role, wrote an article on the movie for a local newspaper which you can find after the jump. He is praising both Rachel and her co-star Rachel Weisz: “Ronit is played by the incomparable Rachel Weisz and her lover Esti by the equally unrivalled Rachel McAdams”. He also confirms Rachel is wearing a sheitel (wig worn by married Jewish women) for her role.
News is going slowly this past few weeks. Deadline reported earlier this month that actor Alessandro Nivola joined the cast of “Disobedience“. Nivola will play Rachel’s husband and seem to confirm the news by retweeting it on his official twitter account. As previously reported filming is expected to start after the holidays, on January 3.
Alessandro Nivola is in talks to join the cast of Disobedience, the Sebastian Lelio-directed drama starring Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams and based on Naomi Alderman’s 2006 novel.
Nivola will play McAdams’ husband, an orthodox rabbi in North London whose marriage is threatened by his wife’s forbidden romance with a lapsed Jewish woman (Weisz) returning to the community after years of self-imposed exile. The pic is being produced by Weisz, Element Pictures’ Ed Guiney, Film4 and Braven Pictures’ Frida Torresblanco. Lelio (Gloria) co-wrote the script with Rebecca Lenkiewicz.
FilmNation Entertainment is co-financing with Film4 and handling international sales.
Fun fact: Rachel was spotted in the audience of Othello at New York Theater Workshop New York earlier this week. This adaptation of Othello stars Rachel Weisz’s husband Daniel Craig and David Oyelowo.
Screendaily is reporting that Filmnation has boarded “Disobedience“. Rachel confirmed she joined this project earlier this week, after Screendaily broke her signing onto the movie earlier this month. Rachel previously worked with FilmNation on “A Most Wanted Man” and “To The Wonder“. “Disobedience” will start filming on January 3 in London and will be part of FilmNation’s slate at the upcoming AFM buyers market.
US sales outfit FilmNation has boarded writer-director Sebastian Lelio’s (Gloria) prestige drama Disobedience, which it will co-finance with Carol backer Film4.
Spotlight star Rachel McAdams and Oscar-winner Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener) will star in the romantic-drama based on Naomi Alderman’s novel about the estranged daughter of a rabbi who returns from New York to the Orthodox Jewish neighbourhood she grew up in North London, following her father’s death. However, her arrival causes significant upheaval in the quiet community.
Lelio has co-written the script with British dramatist and screenwriter Rebecca Lenkiewicz, who collaborated with Polish film-maker Pawel Pawlikowski on the screenplay of Oscar-winner Ida.
Weisz is set to produce through HGS Productions alongside Room producer Ed Guiney of Dublin-based Element Pictures and Spanish producer Frida Torresblanco (Pan’s Labyrinth) of New York-based Braven Films.
Principal photography begins January 3, 2017. UK broadcaster Film4, who have been involved in the film’s development from its early stages, are co-financing with FilmNation, and FilmNation will kick off international sales at the upcoming AFM.
Additional casting is underway.
Rachel had another day of press today in London and did various press junket interviews, including one with BBC Radio 2’s Steve Wright in the Afternoon. You can find the full interview in our audio archive. She talk about “Doctor Strange” and also confirmed “Disobedience“. She said, “I’m working on a film called ‘Disobedience’ with Rachel Weisz and we are actually going to shoot it here. It is based on a very lovely novel and it’s set in a Jewish Ortodox community here in Hendon“. The Knowledge Online is reporting filming with begin in January of next year, in North London:
The forthcoming big-screen adaptation of Naomi Alderman’s novel Disobedience is due to begin filming in north London in January.
Rachel Weisz is among the producers on the project and also stars alongside Rachel McAdams. First published in 2006, the novel centres on Ronit (Weisz), a young woman who returns to her orthodox Jewish home following the death of her rabbi father from whom she was estranged.
Chilean director Sebastian Lelio will be calling the shots from a screenplay he wrote with Rebecca Lenkiewicz. The other producers are Element Films’ Ed Guiney, Frida Torresblanco for Braven Films and Film 4.
In case you missed it before, Screen Daily reported earlier this month that Rachel was in talks to join Rachel Weisz in “Disobedience“. You can find more information in our previous post.
Screen Daily is reporting that Rachel is attached to star alongside Rachel Weisz in the upcoming adaption of “Disobedience“. Filming is expected to start this winter. Fun fact: Rachel and Rachel Weisz both worked on Terrence Malick’s “To The Wonder“. However, Weisz’s scenes didn’t make the final cut.
Spotlight star attached to New York-set drama from Element Pictures and Braven Films.
Spotlight star Rachel McAdams is attached to star alongside Rachel Weisz in Chilean director Sebastián Lelio’s (Gloria) Disobedience. The film is an adaptation of author Naomi Alderman’s novel of the same name.
As well as starring in the film, Oscar-winner Weisz is also set to produce alongside Room producer Ed Guiney of Dublin-based Element Pictures and Spanish producer Frida Torresblanco (Pan’s Labyrinth) of New York-based Braven Films.
Room and Carol financiers Film4 are backing the project. Lelio has co-written the script with British dramatist and screenwriter Rebecca Lenkiewicz, who collaborated with Polish film-maker Pawel Pawlikowski on the screenplay of Oscar-winner Ida. A London shoot is planned for this winter.
Alderman’s novel revolves around Ronit, the estranged daughter of a rabbi, who returns from New York to the Orthodox Jewish neighbourhood she grew up in North London, following her father’s death. Her arrival causes upheaval in the quiet community.
McAdams recently shot Marvel fantasy Doctor Strange. Weisz recently wrapped production on Fox Searchlight title My Cousin Rachel opposite Sam Claflin and also has the James Marsh drama The Mercy due for release next year.
Variety also confirms the report, and is reporting the movie is expected to start first quarter of 2017 and also reports that Weisz is expected to play Ronit, while Rachel is expected to play Esti. You can find their story after the jump.