Foy will star and executive produce while Cumberbatch will produce with his partners at SunnyMarch.
Claire Foy and Benedict Cumberbatch are teaming up to adapt the timely novel Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy.
The novel was highly sought after by a number of production banners and streamers as it offered a layered female protagonist in a unique setting, but it was Cumberbatch’s shingle, SunnyMarch, that secured the screen rights.
Foy will star and executive produce while Cumberbatch will produce along with SunnyMarch’s Adam Ackland and Leah Clarke.
The book, published by Flatiron Books in August, is both an intimate and epic story of a woman’s search for redemption in a world facing a slow death by climate change.
The tome focuses on a woman named Franny Stone who is tracking what may be the final migration of Arctic terns. When she hustles her way onto a small vessel of misfit fishermen and embarks on an odyssey through stormy seas, her dark past of love, loss, crime and motherhood unfolds in a ode to the wild places in and around us, and the extreme lengths one will go to for the people they love.
“Charlotte has created an utterly unique and beautiful story with a compelling and fascinating woman at its heart,” said Foy in a statement. “I couldn’t be more honoured or excited to help bring this truly remarkable novel to the screen.”
Foy garnered international acclaim, as well as an Emmy and Golden Globe, for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix’s The Crown. She has wrapped a starring turn alongside Cumberbatch in the upcoming period drama Louis Wain, set for release in 2021. The film was also co-produced by SunnyMarch. It was during that matchup that the two parties decided to find material they could work on together once more.
“We have been looking for an opportunity to collaborate again with Claire on something special that explores big themes and offers Claire an opportunity to portray a character the likes of which we have not seen before,” said SunnyMarch’s Clarke. “We are delighted to have found it in Charlotte’s undeniably cinematic Migrations and the character of Franny Stone. Together we all hope to bring you something very special.”
U.K.-based SunnyMarch, founded by Ackland and Cumberbatch, has three films in the can for a release in 2021. On top of Wain, there is The Courier, a Cold War spy thriller directed by Dominic Cooke and a currently untitled Kevin Macdonald film based on Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s best-selling memoir Guantanamo Diary. The company’s TV arm has a deal with StudioCanal and produced the BAFTA-winning, Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated series Patrick Melrose for Sky and Showtime.
Migrations was a UTA special as the agency reps McConaghy, Foy, Cumberbatch and SunnyMarch.
McConaghy, who has a degree in screenwriting, is currently writing another novel that intersects her passions of nature and female empowerment, this one about about a biologist charged with using wolves to rewild a landscape and bring a forest back to life. She is additionally repped by Dystel, Goderich & Bourret.
Foy is additionally repped by Independent Talent Group. On top of UTA, SunnyMarch is repped by Conway van Gelder Grant, and Sloane Offer.
STXfilms has taken the North American and other foreign rights to the remake of the French thriller to be directed by Christian Carion.
Claire Foy and James McAvoy are set to star in My Son, the missing person thriller from ErosSTX Global Corp. and a remake of the 2017 French movie Mon Garçon.
French director Christian Carion will direct the English-language adaptation for STXfilms after he helmed the original French thriller that starred Guillaume Canet as a father who will do anything to get his young son back.
The My Son remake will see McAvoy play the father whose son goes missing, leading him to travel to the town where his ex-wife (Foy) lives in search of answers to the mystery.
To play a man who doesn’t know what’s ahead of him, McAvoy will not be given a script or dialogue. Instead, he will improvise on set as each scene unfolds, as was the case in the original French film, with the rest of the cast and crew for the English language remake being aware of the scenes.
“James will be doing the detective work of the film in real time, on camera, to create real tension for this thriller. We like to support bold and innovative storytelling like My Son, and Claire could not be a more spectacular or exciting choice for this film which is certain to thrill audiences,” Adam Fogelson, chairman of the STXfilms Motion Picture Group, said in a statement as he unveiled the project.
ErosSTX said STXfilms has taken the rights for the English-language remake for North America, the U.K., Italy, Benelux, Latin America, Spain, Australia and China. The film will begin production in early November in Scotland.
The My Son remake will be produced by Carion, Laure Irrman, Vincent Maraval, Brahim Chioua, Rebecca O’Brien and Marc Butan.
Mad River International represents the film’s foreign rights.
After I finally managed to get all of this sorting done, here’s for you HD screencaptures of Claire Foy. Enjoy!
I found a few missing photos of Claire Foy as Lisbeth Salander in The Girl in the Spider’s Web. Take a look and enjoy!
The gallery has been updated with additional stills and screencaptures of Claire Foy in “Going Postal” and “Doctors”. Take a look and enjoy!
Esquire’s Summer Fiction series, in aid of Unicef UK, brings together some of the world’s finest writers, and greatest actors, for a collection of original stories and readings that offer, we hope, a ray of light in these dark times, as well as the chance to raise funds for Unicef’s Generation Covid campaign.
Where a child is already experiencing hardship, outbreaks of diseases bring a new emergency to an already precarious situation. This is the story of Generation Covid. For vulnerable children all over the world, it poses the biggest threat since the Second World War. Please enjoy these stories, then visit Unicef UK’s Generation Covid page to donate and hear a special message from Unicef UK High Profile Supporter Claire Foy.
They’re separated by a two-metre stick but their chemistry is as strong as ever. The Crown stars on their socially-distanced take on Lungs; lockdown diets and naked drawings.
Claire Foy and Matt Smith are describing the odd experience of rehearsing a play while a stage manager holds a two-metre stick between them. The pair are preparing for a second run of Lungs, an intimate two-hander about the travails of modern coupledom that was first staged last year at the Old Vic in London. Their characters fought, made up and slept together on stage. This time, however, they won’t even be able to get within hand-holding distance of each other.
The stick is there to ensure that physical distance remains at all times in accordance with lockdown rules, Foy explains, adding that the stage manager, Maria Gibbons, beats them apart with it. Smith reminds her that the guidance for distancing has “just been reduced to one metre, so snap her stick in half!”
The two actors have a Tigger-ish enthusiasm in their conversational to-and-fro, even on a Zoom call at the end of a day of rehearsals. They first met six years ago on the set of Netflix hit The Crown. Foy had already got the part of young Elizabeth II and was in the room when Smith came in for his screen test. “She was very generous,” he says, “and there was something that worked about it.” They proved to have a remarkable chemistry and it is clear from their exuberant banter now that they spark just as well off-camera. They joke, tease and even finish each other’s sentences.
“We’re friends,” says Foy, “and after The Crown we said, ‘Wouldn’t it be fun if we did something together again?’ I didn’t know if anyone would let us and then we independently read this play and went, ‘Shall we just do it?’”
Lungs centres on a well-meaning, if smug, middle-class couple who talk about saving the planet and debate whether to have a baby or not. This production, performed in the theatre’s empty auditorium and filmed on Zoom, is live-streaming to audiences, to raise money for the Old Vic, which has been dark for over three-months and is in a precarious financial situation. This is the first in a new series of shows from the theatre, made to earn some income in lockdown. Matthew Warchus, the theatre’s artistic director and this show’s director, is also a seasoned film-maker, Foy points out, so he is doing some “very, very clever things into camera”.
The Old Vic Theatre published a few beautiful Rehearsal pics of Lungs with Claire Foy and Matt Smith. There might still be a few tickets available so don’t miss your chance to experience this new – hopefully temporary – way to make theatre and enjoy the show.