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Searchlight Closes $7.5M U.S. Deal For Sundance Pic ‘Good Luck To You, Leo Grande’; Hulu Releasing

EXCLUSIVE: Searchlight Photos has closed a deal around $7.5 million for U.S. rights to Upright Luck to You, Leo Grande. the Sophie Hyde-directed film that stars Emma Thompson and Daryl McCormack (The Wheel of Time & Peaky Blinders).

Time limit reported yesterday  that Searchlight became once poised to raise the film that became once represent on by several distributors, and the thought is to wage an awards-season campaign for Thompson in a standout flip. Searchlight will launch thru Hulu, in a deal identical to the pre-emptive one it made for yet any other Sundance film, Original.

Hyde directed 52 Tuesdays and Animals. The original film is scripted by Katy Designate, whose credits consist of Nanny McPhee Returns, which starred Thompson, and Strolling on Sunshine.

In Leo Grande, Nancy Stokes (Thompson) has led a elephantine lifestyles. A retired schoolteacher and widower, she finds herself craving for the one ingredient that has eluded her: a enjoyable sexual skills. She decides to achieve one thing about that, with a thought that involves an anonymous resort room and a young intercourse worker who calls himself Leo Grande (McCormack). Leo is confident, honest and takes pride in being correct at his job. He additionally appears to be like to be intrigued by Nancy — with out a doubt one of many things to shock her throughout their time together.

The film is an intimate, charming comedy about pleasurable human connections, intercourse positivity and female pleasure. It strikes the balance between unapologetic humor and an earnest judge of the artwork of (self-)acceptance. Leo Grande premiered January 22 at Virtual Sundance within the Premieres Section to solid opinions.

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Debbie Grey of Genesius Photos and Adrian Politowski of Align are the producers. The pic will circulation exclusively as an Long-established film on Hulu within the U.S.

It’s the 2d fundamental narrative film Sundance deal to shut, after Sony Photos Classics obtained Living in a $5 million deal for North American rights and global territories. That one additionally specializes in a former man (Invoice Nighy) feeling his mortality and attempting to create the extra recurrently than now not he has left. This follows the glorious deal final weekend the docu Fire of Take care of. More presents are coming.

CAA Media Finance and Cornerstone brokered the Leo Grande handle Searchlight consultants Paul Hoffman and Chan Phung.

“Sophie Hyde has introduced Katy Designate’s ideally agreeable script to lifestyles with a joy and humanity that perfectly captures the roam of trying to receive connection and liberation,” said Searchlight Presidents Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum. “Upright Luck to You, Leo Grande is a ideally agreeable film, and Emma Thompson and Daryl McCormack are simply top.”

Said Hyde: “We are soaked in a culture that encourages us to disfavor our our bodies and be ashamed of what brings us pleasure, nonetheless I hope Leo Grande brings primary pleasure to U.S. audiences. I cherished each and each 2d of working with Emma and Daryl on this film. Participating with them, and the inconceivable artists who helped craft the film, has been a correct pleasure and I couldn’t be extra extremely jubilant that the personnel at Searchlight shall be guiding its launch.”

Added the producers: “The personnel at Searchlight has confirmed past a doubt that sizable motion photos are introduced together thru the toughen of enthralling storytellers. We are honored to be within the firm of this sizable roundtable and we’re wanting to bring Leo Grande to audiences throughout the U.S.”

Designate, Julian Gleek, Hyde, Attach Gooder, Alison Thompson, Nadia Khamlichi, Nessa McGill and Martin Metz are govt producers.

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