Amazing news from Sundance with word that Fox Searchlight has acquired the worldwide distribution rights for John Crowley’s Brooklyn.
The $9m deal covers every territory, with the exception of Ireland and the UK, Canada, and Australia. Fox Searchlight won what became a bidding war after the film premiered to wide acclaim, garnering interest from The Weinstein Compan, Focus Features, and CBS Films.
The story is set in the 1950s, and sees a young woman move from a small town in Ireland to Brooklyn, where she has the opportunity for work, for a future and for love.
The film is an adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s best-selling novel by the equally best-selling British author Nick Hornby. Intermission director John Crowley has gathered an all-star Irish and British cast for the film, that features Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Jim Broadbent, and Julie Walters.
Brooklyn is an Irish/British co-production from Wildgaze Films, Finola Dwyer Productions, Parallel Films and Item 7. Brooklyn was co-financed by Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland (FÉ/SI) is the national development agency for Irish filmmaking and the Irish film, television and animation industry. and filmed on location in Wexford, Dublin and Wicklow, before the film decamped to Canada to shoot in Montreal.