Lionsgate Takes U.K. Rights to Florian Zeller’s ‘The Father’ With Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman

Variety | 5/29/2019 | Stewart Clarke
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Lionsgate U.K. has taken theatrical rights to “The Father,” Florian Zeller’s movie adaptation of his hit stage play of the same name, starring Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman. Embankment Films, which executive produces the film, is handling worldwide sales (ex-France) and did the U.K. deal.

Principal photography started in the U.K. earlier this month on the film, which also stars Mark Gatiss, Imogen Poots, Rufus Sewell and Olivia Williams.

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Lionsgate U.K. has the British theatrical rights. Broadcaster Channel 4 has the free-TV rights after Film4 invested in the movie.

Hopkins stars in the title role as a mischievous, independent man who, as he ages, refuses all assistance from his daughter Anne (Colman). Yet such help has become essential, following Anne’s decision to move to Paris with her partner. As Anne’s father tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind and reality itself.

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Zeller directs from a screenplay he co-wrote with Christopher Hampton (“Atonement,” “Dangerous Liaisons”).

“This is a story that will resonate with everyone and I feel is important to tell,” said Lionsgate U.K. CEO Zygi Kamasa. “Florian has assembled the best in the...
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