Focus Features has taken North American rights to TIFF closing night romantic drama A Little Chaos, starring Kate Winslet and Matthias Schoenaerts. Alan Rickman directed the story of a strong-willed landscape designer chosen to build one of the main gardens at King Louis XIV’s palace at Versailles. Rickman also co-wrote the Lionsgate UK and BBC Films production with Alison Deegan and Jeremy Brock and stars along with Stanley Tucci and Danny Webb. Focus has set a March 27, 2015 stateside release while Lionsgate UK handles its UK debut early next year. Rickman’s first film as director since 1997’s The Winter Guest is produced by Gail Egan and Andrea Calderwood for Potboiler Productions and Bertrand Faivre for The Bureau. Zygi Kamasa, Guy Avshalom, Nick Manzi, Christine Langan, Ray Cooper, Norman Merry, and Richard Wolfe are executive producers. Focus also took Scandinavian rights as the deals closed during TIFF. Focus Features’ Lia Buman, President of Acquisitions, and Beth Lemberger, Executive Vice President of Business Affairs negotiated the deal with CAA on behalf of Lionsgate UK and Potboiler Productions. Lionsgate International is handling foreign sales.
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