EXCLUSIVE: Glen Basner’s FilmNation Entertainment has added James Schamus’ directorial debut, Indignation, to its strong international sales roster here in Cannes. This is the project that’s based on the bestselling 2008 Philip Roth novel which Schamus has adapted for the screen. Logan Lerman and Sarah Gadon are starring with principal photography to start in mid-June around New York City. Likely Story and Symbolic Exchange Productions are producing in co-production with RT Features and X-filme. Producers are Anthony Bregman, Schamus and Rodrigo Texeira. CAA is handling the U.S. rights.
Set in 1951, Indignation centers on Marcus Messner (Lerman), the idealistic son of a humble kosher butcher from Newark, NJ. When he leaves for college in Ohio, he finds himself falling for a beautiful but troubled girl (Gadon), and in a dangerous conflict with the school’s administration over the political and sexual culture of the era.
Says Bregman: “James Schamus has written and is directing a film so full of longing and feeling and beauty and love that, as Philip Roth wrote in his novel, it can wash you out to sea. We’re excited this week for our partners at FilmNation to bring this heady mix of emotions out into the world.”
“We are thrilled to be on board for James’ directorial debut of this moving story that we know will capture audiences worldwide,” says Basner.
Indignation joins FilmNation’s slate of some of the buzziest titles here this week including Tom Ford’s thriller Nocturnal Animals with Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams; WWII story HHhH from Cédric Jimenez and starring Rosamund Pike, Jack O’Connell and Jason Clarke; Pedro Almodovar’s Silencio; and Lunchbox helmer Ritesh Batra’s The Sense Of An Ending with Jim Broadbent. The company is also in pre-production on Denis Villeneuve’s Story Of Your Life with Amy Adams, and John Lee Hancock’s The Founder with Michael Keaton. It’s in post on Genius — which Lionsgate picked up for the U.S. on day one of the market — and John Carney’s Sing Street, among others.