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Netflix Nabs YA Romancer ‘The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight’

The streaming giant acquired world rights to the feature from the producers of ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.’

Netflix has picked up the global rights to YA romance film The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight.

The feature is from ACE Entertainment, the producers of the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before franchise. Haley Lu Richardson, Ben Hardy, Jameela Jamil, Rob Delaney, Dexter Fletcher and Sally Phillips will star in the romancer, with Vanessa Caswill directing a script by Katie Lovejoy.

Lovejoy (To All the Boys: Always and Forever) penned the screenplay based on the novel of the same name by Jennifer E. Smith. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight sees strangers Hadley and Oliver begin to fall for each other on their flight from New York to London, only to face misfortune or fate as they separate on landing.

The probability of ever finding each other again seems impossible, but love — and London — may have a way of defying the odds. The latest franchise pic continues a partnership between Netflix and ACE, who produced the streamer’s upcoming YA feature Hello, Goodbye and Everything In Between, as well all three films in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before franchise.

Matt Kaplan is producing the feature through his ACE Entertainment shingle, with Max Siemers, Matthew Janzen and Aubrey Bendix overseeing the project.

SOURCE THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Bleecker Street Nabs Western Drama ‘Montana Story’ Starring Haley Lu Richardson

Bleecker Street has landed U.S. rights to “Montana Story,” a Western drama starring Haley Lu Richardson.

The movie had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival to positive reviews. IndieWire praised “Montana Story” as “a patient, captivating portrait of the past that stays with us long after the wind stops blowing.” Bleecker Street plans to release it in theaters sometime in 2022.

Scott McGehee and David Siegel wrote and directed “Montana Story,” which co-stars Owen Teague, Gilbert Owuor, Kimberly Guerrero, Eugene Brave Rock and Asivak Koostachin. The neo-Western centers on two estranged siblings (Richardson and Teague), who return home to the sprawling ranch where they were raised.

“David and Scott’s film cuts to the quick of the pain haunting this American family,” said Andrew Karpen, CEO of Bleecker Street. “As their story unfolds, two siblings portrayed beautifully by Haley and Owen, find their own strength in the land around them and the people beside them.”

Add Siegel and McGehee, ”We’re thrilled to be partnering with Bleecker Street, whose total commitment to independent filmmaking and the theatrical experience is so in sync with our own. We’re very excited for them to bring audiences home to Montana.”

The deal was brokered between Kent Sanderson and Avy Eschenasy of Bleecker Street and ICM Partners. Stage 6 Films picked up all international rights in a separate deal.

The New York-based Bleecker Street’s recent slate includes “Mass” starring Reed Birney, Ann Dowd, Jason Isaacs and Martha Plimpton; “I’m Your Man” with Dan Stevens; and “Together” featuring James McAvoy and Sharon Horgan. The company recently picked up Tim Roth’s suspenseful family drama “Sundown,” as well as Geeta Malik’s family comedy “India Sweets and Spices.”

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“After Yang” selected at the Cannes Film Festival

Good news! Kogonada’s drama-sci-fi ‘After Yang‘ will debut in Un Certain Regard at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival.

From the Press Kit

[…] Rounding out the main cast of characters is mysterious Ada, bleached-blonde and Kohl-eyed. First seen sneaking around Jake’s empty house when the family is out, Ada also appears in some of Yang’s stored memories, a cipher. She has a connection to Yang that’s best left for audiences to discover.
For this pivotal role, a Kogonada addition to the short story, he had only one actor in mind: Haley Lu Richardson, the magnetic young actress who was a co-lead in Columbus and had key supporting turns in The Edge of Seventeen and Split.
“His vibe is purely creative, collaborative and peaceful,” says Richardson. “I literally love him and I want to be in anything he ever makes.”

“Haley Lu means so much to me” says the director, grateful for their collaboration. “I have a lot of trust in her. I put Columbus on her shoulders, and she carried it with such grace and determination. There was no place to hide in that film, not a lot of plot or coverage. She had to be present at all times, and she was more than that. Haley Lu attunes you to the moment and to unspoken layers of emotion.”

Richardson admits to becoming obsessed with the idea of playing Ada, taking cues from the script but also the makeup and hairstyling. “I was really transformed by those departments, which helped me find Ada even more,” she says. “She has a desperation to find herself as her own person.”

She also has come to appreciate the rarity of an artist like Kogonada. “I knew about the concept of ‘less is more’ but I didn’t understand fully how that correlates with acting and moviemaking until Columbus,” Richardson says.
“He just completely opened my mind to how much more powerful it can be when you use restraint and get people thinking about things instead of forcing a bunch of answers down their throat.” […]

Ben Hardy, Dexter Fletcher Join Romance From ‘To All the Boys’ Producers

Rob Delaney, Sally Phillips and Jameela Jamil have also joined ‘The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight,’ starring Haley Lu Richardson.

Romance feature The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight has rounded out its cast with Ben Hardy set to play the romantic lead opposite Haley Lu Richardson.

The movie, which will be produced by To All the Boys shingle ACE Entertainment, takes place over a 24-hour period and follows Hadley (Richardson) and Oliver (Hardy), who begin to fall for each other on their flight from New York to London. But, as the logline reads, “is it misfortune or fate that separates them when they land? The probability of ever finding each other again seems impossible, but love — and London — may have a way of defying the odds.”

Catastrophe star Rob Delaney has also joined the cast as Hadley’s father, who moved to London after his divorce. Bohemian Rhapsody director Dexter Fletcher will play Val, Oliver’s eccentric Shakespeare-loving father, and Bridget Jones’s Diary’s Sally Phillips will play Oliver’s mom. The Good Place’s Jameela Jamil will act as the story’s narrator.

Katie Lovejoy, who worked with ACE on To All the Boys: Always and Forever, Lara Jean, penned the screenplay, which is based on a book of the same name by Jennifer E. Smith. (ACE is now in post on an adaption of another novel by Smith,  Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between.)

Vanessa Caswill, who was behind PBS’ Little Women miniseries, is directing the feature, which is currently in production in London.

Matt Kaplan will produce via ACE. Max Siemers, Matthew Janzen and Aubrey Bendix will oversee the project for ACE.

SOURCE THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

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