The rights to the upcoming drama ‘French Exit’ has been acquired by the Sony Picture Classics. The movie by Azazel Jacobs has Oscar nominees Lucas Hedges and Michelle Pfeiffer.
The news came during the Toronto International Film Festival where numerous films are premiered by the indie label inclusive of’ Where’s My Roy Cohn’ by Matt Tyrnauer and ‘Pain and Glory’ by Pedro Almodóvar. The pact is for all rights in the United Kingdom, France, United States, Germany, Italy, China, Japan and airlines across the world. The production will initiate this October in Paris and Montreal.
Patrick DeWitt will be adapting his international blockbusting book with the same title. Both books, as well as, the pending film follow a sixty-year-old Manhattan socialite Frances Price as she cashes in the last of her assets and decides to live the rest of her life out in a modest apartment situated in Paris. On her cross-Atlantic trek, she is accompanied by Malcolm, who is her dysfunctional son and the family pet; a cat, who might be occupied by the spirit of her husband (late).
Jacob passed a statement which said that working with Sony Pictures Classics is like a dream coming true for him. They blessed us with so many, inspiring, and beautiful films over the years, and the outstanding expertise with which they release the films have always been impressive. As he prepares to embark on the production, he is delighted, as well as, relieved to know that ‘French Exit’ will eventually be in their hands.
The previous credits of Jacobs are inclusive of ‘The lovers’ and ‘Terri’. Pfeiffer recently made an appearance in ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ and will also play a role in ‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’. Hedges will make an appearance in ‘Honey Boy’.