NEON LANDS RIGHTS TO FRANCIS LEE’S ROMANTIC DRAMA AMMONITE, STARRING KATE WINSLET AND SAOIRSE RONAN
Park City, January 25, 2020 – NEON is excited to announce it’s landed North American rights to Francis Lee’s romantic drama Ammonite. The film, which is in post-production, is produced by See-Saw Films and stars Academy Award winner Kate Winslet and Academy Award nominee Saoirse Ronan. Francis Lee (God’s Own Country) wrote and directed the 1840’s set drama. Inspired by the life of the Victorian-era fossilist Mary Anning (Winslet), the story is set in 1840s England and revolves around the intense relationship between the infamous fossil hunter and a young woman (Ronan) sent to convalesce by the sea.
Kate Winslet is currently playing the title role in MARE OF EASTOWN for HBO and is also an Executive Producer on it.
Saoirse Ronan was recently nominated for her fourth Oscar for her leading role in Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women” which has grossed over 100 million dollars. She will next be seen in Wes Anderson’s “The French Dispatch” opposite Timothee Chalamet, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton and Benicio Del Toro. Ronan is represented by CAA, Derik Mulvey and Relevant.
See-Saw Films developed the project with BBC Films and the BFI (awarding lottery funding). See-Saw’s Iain Canning and Emile Sherman (Widows, Lion, Shame) produced alongside Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly (Lady Macbeth), with Simon Gillis (See-Saw’s COO of Film), Mary Burke, Rose Garnett, Zygi Kamasa executive producing.
The deal was negotiated with NEON by CAA Media Finance and Cross City Films, See-Saw’s in-house sales arm. Cross City Films sold international rights at the European Film Market in Berlin.
A little more than 2 and a half years since inception, NEON has grossed over $100M at the Box Office and continues to push the boundaries and take creative risks on bold content with films such as: Bong Joon Ho’s critically acclaimed, record-breaking Academy Award Nominated drama PARASITE, which unanimously won the Palme d’Or this year at Cannes and when released on October 11 broke multiple box office records including highest per screen average of the year and highest per screen average for a foreign language film of all time. The film has since on to amass over $19mm and counting. Other noteworthy releases include Todd Douglas Miller’s APOLLO 11, the highest grossing documentary in the world at $16M and growing, Tim Wardle’s Three Identical Strangers, winner of the Sundance Special Jury Award for Storytelling which surpassed $13m at the box office, and Craig Gillespie’s I,TONYA, which garnered multiple Academy Award® nominations, one win for Allison Janney and amassed over $30M in box office in North America.
With other recent acquisitions such as the critically acclaimed Cannes hit PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE, NEON continues to be an impressive force at festivals. Recent releases include: Alejandro Landes’ cinematic thriller MONOS (the Colombian selection for the Academy Awards®); Julius Onah’s LUCE starring Naomi Watts and Octavia Spencer; Tom Harper’s WILD ROSE starring Jessie Buckley; John Chester’s THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM; Tamara Kotevska and Ljubo Stefanov’s award-winning HONEYLAND (the Macedonia selection for the Academy Awards®)and the electrifying documentary about Aretha Franklin, AMAZING GRACE. Its upcoming slate also includes: Chinonye Chukwu’s CLEMENCY starring Academy Award® Nominee Alfre Woodard and Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz‘s horror film THE LODGE starring Riley Keough.
After their successful collaboration on I, Tonya in January 2018, 30WEST (Dan Friedkin’s and Micah Green’s strategic venture) partnered with NEON’s Tom Quinn (Founder & CEO) and Tim League (Co-Founder) to become majority investors in the company.