EXCLUSIVE: In some powerhouse two-hander casting, we will reveal that Oscar nominees Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain) and Vanessa Kirby (Pieces Of A Woman) have been set to guide survival thriller Suddenly, which rapidly turns into one of many must-have packages on the Cannes digital market.
The film would be the sophomore directorial outing for acclaimed screenwriter Thomas Bidegain, identified for scripting feted movies reminiscent of A Prophet, Rust And Bone and Dheepan, which gained the Palme d’Or. Bidegain can also be scripting the English-language undertaking.
The function relies on Isabelle Autissier’s French-language novel Soudain Seuls, which follows a pair who change into stranded on an island within the South Atlantic and should battle for survival when their dream journey turns into a nightmare. The novel shines a light-weight on the dynamics of their relationship and likewise holds a mirror as much as fashionable society.
Studiocanal is launching world gross sales this week and is teaming up with Tresor Films and Gyllenhaal’s Nine Stories on the blue chip prospect.
Producers are Alain Attal (Tell No One), and Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker for his or her Nine Stories (The Guilty) banner. Studiocanal is financing. Artemis Productions (Belgium) and True North Productions (Iceland) will co-produce.
Gyllenhaal and Bidegain beforehand labored collectively on The Sisters Brothers. The actor was final seen on the large display screen in Spider-Man: Far From Home and upcoming has thrillers The Guilty, directed by Antoine Fuqua, and Ambulance, directed by Michael Bay.
The in-demand Kirby is in the midst of a scorching streak that has included The Crown (for which she gained a BAFTA), three Mission Impossible films, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw and well-received Venice Film Festival duo Pieces Of A Woman (for which she gained the pageant’s greatest actress prize) and The World To Come.
Writer-director Thomas Bidegain commented: “With Suddenly, I wanted to analyse the deep dynamics of a relationship stripped of all the artifices of the modern world, when facing life and death situations in a wondrous but hostile environment. Jake and Vanessa are a dream pairing who elevate the film to an entirely new dimension and are dream partners for making the film, along with our friends at Studiocanal.”
Studiocanal CEO Anna Marsh added: “We are thrilled to be working with such an incredible group of creative talent who have come together for Suddenly. Over the years, we have enjoyed great success together with Alain Attal, a producer of impeccable taste. The moment he came to us with this compelling story, we immediately believed in its major worldwide potential. The entire team at Studiocanal are such fans of Thomas’ work as a writer and filmmaker and can’t wait to see two of our favourite actors, Jake Gyllenhaal and Vanessa Kirby bring these profound, but complex characters to life together on screen.We have wanted to work with Nine Stories creatively for some time, I couldn’t be happier that Alain, Jake and Riva have partnered on this film.”
WME and legal professional Carlos Goodman negotiated the deal on behalf of Gyllenhaal and Nine Stories.