19 September, 2011
by Sandy Mandelberger, North American Editor
n a deal closed prior to its final public screening at the Toronto International Film Festival, THE DEEP BLUE SEA, a UK production by veteran director Terrence Davies, has been acquired by specialty U.S. distributor Music Box Films. The film, adapted from British playwright Terrence Rattigan's celebrated 1952 play, stars Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz (THE CONSTANT GARDENER), Olivier Award winner Tom Hiddleston (WAR HORSE, THOR) and BAFTA and Olivier Award-winning theatre actor Simon Russell Beale (AN IDEAL HUSBAND). THE DEEP BLUE SEA is Music Box’s first acquisition of an English language film. Music Box Films’ recent slate includes the original DRAGON TATTOO trilogy, which collectively registered nearly $22 million in US theatrical box office receipts. Hot on the heels of the film’s Toronto premiere THE DEEP BLUE SEA screens in competition at the San Sebastian Film Festival, as well as serving as the Closing Night Gala at next month's London Film Festival.
THE DEEP BLUE SEAsees Terence Davies’ return to the big screen. His most recent film, the documentary OF TIME AND THE CITY, was an affectionate look at his childhood city Liverpool, but he is best known for the semi-autobiographical DISTANT VOICES STILL LIVES, THE LONG DAY CLOSES and THE HOUSE OF MIRTH. The film is a Camberwell/Fly Film Production financed by UK Film Council and Film4 in association with Protagonist Pictures, Lip Sync Productions and Artificial Eye. The film is being sold internationally by Protagonist Pictures.