Bill Nighy’s ‘Life’ finds new life at Sony Classics

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired the North American rights to “Living,” Oliver Hermanus’ film starring Bill Nighy that premiered at this month’s Sundance Film Festival without competition.

The film is a new installment of Akira Kurosawa’s 1952 film Ikiru and is written by Kazuo Ishiguro, the Nobel Prize-winning novelist whose own work has been adapted into films such as “The Remains of the Day” and “Never Let You Go. ”

Sony Pictures Classics also purchased the rights to the film in Latin America, India, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Germany, South Africa, Southeast Asia, and airlines worldwide. No release plans have been set.

“Living” is the story of a civil servant in London in 1953 while the city is still recovering from World War II, who, tired of being a cog in the city’s bureaucracy, is buried. buried under papers and alone at home with the feeling his life had. feel empty and meaningless. But when a medical diagnosis forces him to reserve his life, he tries to capture fulfillment before it gets out of hand.

In addition to Nighy, the cast includes Aimee Lou Wood, Alex Sharp, and Tom Burke.

The film is produced by Stephen Woolley (“The Crying Game”) and Elizabeth Karlsen (“Carol”) of Number 9 Films, who also produced the upcoming Sony Pictures Classics TV series “Mothering Sunday.” The film was developed with support from Film4 and Ingenious, with funding from Film4, County Hall Arts, and Lipsync. The executive producer is Kurosawa Productions.

The film features costume design by 15-time Academy Award nominee and three-time winner Sandy Powell, Nadia Stacey’s hair and makeup design, Jamie Ramsay’s cinematography and production design by Jamie Ramsay. Helen Scott, all four recently worked together on “Mothering Sunday. ”

“From Ishiguro’s brilliant screenplay, to Oliver Hermanus’ visual storytelling, to the breathtaking performances led by Bill Nighy, to the evocative scores and perfection of the set’s design and costumes. The movie, “Living” makes the audience overwhelmed, full of emotions. yearn to return to their theaters,” the Sony Pictures Classics executive said in a statement. “We are excited to be on this adventure with these artists and our producer friends Stephen Woolley, Liz Karlsen, Daniel Battsek and Rocket Science.”

“Living” is a piece inspired by Kurosawa’s passion and built on the equally passionate and talented Ishiguro, Bill Nighy and Oliver Hermanus,” said Woolley. “The team at Sony Pictures Classics have proven over the decades (with a track record of unparalleled great movies) that passion is a key factor not only in producing and creating great movies. exciting films, but also to release those films to audiences in North America and globally. Elizabeth and I as the producers of ‘Living’ are honored to return to their company and we are delighted to be sharing this glorious film in theaters where it is truly possible. inspire audiences to embrace Living in 2022.”

The deal was negotiated with CAA Media Finance and Rocket Science. The latter handles international sales and has previously worked with Sony Pictures Classics on “French Exit”. Bill Nighy’s ‘Life’ finds new life at Sony Classics

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