The film, which premiered in Toronto this year, was directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour who in 2012 helmed Wadjda, known as the first feature ever to be fully shot in Saudi Arabia.
The script was done by Emma Jensen and the film was produced by Amy Baer (Last Vegas) through Gidden Media together with Ruth Coady (Siege of Jadotville) and Alan Moloney (Albert Nobbs) through Parallel Films.
The logline: Passionate and rebellious teenager Mary Wollstonecraft finds a kindred spirit in poet Percy Shelley. Their whirlwind love affair scandalizes polite society, as the young couple gorges on literature and a bohemian life. When tragedy strikes and they lose their baby daughter, Mary finds the courage and bravery to transform her pain into the world’s first science fiction novel, Frankenstein – all by the age of 18.
Mary Shelley also stars Douglas Booth (Loving Vincent), Bel Powley (The Diary of a Teenage Girl), Tom Sturridge (Far from the Madding Crowd) and Ben Hardy (X-Men: Apocalypse).
The deal was negotiated between IFC Films and the UTA Independent Film Group on behalf of the filmmakers together with HanWay Films.