Adding to the first projects under the recently rebranded Global Road Entertainment, the company has acquired North American distribution rights to The Secret Garden. Directed by Marc Munden from a script written by Jack Thorne, the film is financed and sold by Studiocanal and produced by Heyday Films’ David Heyman and Rosie Alison. Colin Firth and Julie Walters are starring in the adaptation of one the most enduring children’s stories ever told.

Principal photography started on April 30 in the UK on the project that’s based on
the 1911 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The deal follows a presentation by Studiocanal earlier this week.

When 10-year-old orphan Mary Lennox is sent from India to live with her reclusive uncle Archibald (Firth) and his strict housekeeper Mrs Medlock (Walters) in a mysterious Yorkshire manor, she feels lonelier than ever before. But her curiosity and determination lead her to disobey the adults and explore the forbidding house. While roaming the grounds of the manor she discovers an enchanted and boundless garden that has been hidden for years and reflects her limitless imagination. With local boy Dickon, her sick cousin Colin, and a playful stray dog, she embraces this world of wonder which unlocks secrets from the past, revealing a whole new life of hope and friendship.

Global Road Chairman and CEO Rob Friedman says, “The Secret Garden is one of the world’s most beloved stories of all time celebrating friendship, nature and the limitless power of childhood imagination. We are proud to work with Studiocanal in bringing Marc’s version, starring an incredible cast led by Colin and Julie, to North American audiences and continue the legacy of the touching message that has prevailed for over a century.”

Studiocanal’s Didier Lupfer, Danny Perkins and Dan MacRae are executive producing.

Today’s deal was negotiated by John Zois, Global Road Entertainment’s Head of Worldwide Acquisitions & Co-Productions and Studiocanal.