EXCLUSIVE: New Regency has acquired an untitled dramatic thriller that will be helmed by BAFTA-nominated ’71 director Yann Demange. Producing are the Plan B trio of Dede Gardner, Brad Pitt and Jeremy Kleiner along with Angus Lamont and Molly Smith. The fast-tracked project is scripted by ’71 scribe Gregory Burke.
Demange is in high demand after his feature debut ’71, a drama about a British soldier (Jack O’Connell) accidentally left behind after a riot in Belfast. The film won him Best Director at the British Independent Film Awards as well as Breakthrough British Filmmaker from the London Critics Circle Film Awards. It was his feature debut and was nominated for several BAFTA Awards including Best British Film and Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer.
“Yann is an amazing new voice and someone we pursued for a long time,” said New Regency CEO Brad Weston. “Thanks to the incredible perseverance of Dede and Jeremy, we are very happy to be in the position to make this with Yann, Angus and Gregory.”
Said Demange: “It has been an overwhelming year since ’71 first premiered, and the opportunities I have been presented with have been surreal. I am so excited to be able continue my collaboration with Gregory Burke and Angus Lamont on what is a true passion project for us. And we are equally excited to be partnering up with Plan B and New Regency. They are making some of the most exciting films, and we are thrilled to working with them.”
New Regency emerges from a week in which it won its second consecutive Best Picture with Fox Searchlight, after they partnered in the Alejandro G. Iñárritu-directed Birdman and before that the Steve McQueen-directed 12 Years A Slave with Plan B. The company currently is in production on Iñárritu’s film The Revenant, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy starring. That film is scheduled for release December 25 through 20th Century Fox.
The New Regency strategy is to align with strong filmmakers like Iñárritu and David Fincher, who helmed the New Regency and Fox hit Gone Girl. Demange fits right in, they feel. Demange is represented by Independent Talent and CAA. The latter packaged the film and arranged the financing.