EXCLUSIVE: Screen Media has acquired North American rights to the road-trip comedy The Nan Movie, written by Catherine Tate (The Office) and Brett Goldstein (Ted Lasso), with plans for a day-and-date theatrical and on-demand release this July.
The film will serve as the origin story of Joannie Taylor aka Nan—the foul-mouthed grandmother character first introduced by Tate on her multi-award-winning BBC series, The Catherine Tate Show. It follows Nan as she goes on a wild road trip from London to Ireland with her long-suffering grandson Jamie (Mathew Horne) to make amends with her estranged and dying sister Nell (Katherine Parkinson). Through a series of flashbacks, we see the young sisters fall in love with the same handsome GI during World War 2 and how the consequences of this love triangle shaped Nan into the cantankerous old b*****d she is today. Militant vegan arsonists, Australian rugby teams, all-night raves and crazed cops on motorbikes all make for a proper day out.
Tate plays young and old versions of Nan in the film produced by Damian Jones, which also stars Parker Sawyers, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Jack Doolan and Niky Wardley. Tate, Kieran Corrigan, Jim Reeve, Robert Halmi, Josie Rourke, Fay Davies, Norman Merry and Peter Hampden served as executive producers. While the project is billed as a Catherine Tate Film, it has no credited director.
“I am delighted that Nan will be making her way across the pond and launching herself onto unsuspecting audiences with her first road movie,” said Tate. “Buckle up kids, it’s going to be a heck of a ride.”
“Nan is such a beloved character as played by the charismatic and hilarious Catherine Tate,” said Screen Media in a statement. “Screen Media can’t wait to introduce even wider audiences to this special brand of comedy by releasing The Nan Movie stateside.”
“Hello Sweethearts,” added Nan in closing, “full disclosure, anyone who is easily offended should f**k off now!”
Screen Media also recently acquired Renny Harlin’s action film The Bricklayer starring Aaron Eckhart and Nina Dobrev from Millennium Films, as well as Code Name Banshee, starring Antonio Banderas, Jaime King and Tommy Flanagan, and The Locksmith, starring Ryan Phillippe, Kate Bosworth and Ving Rhames. Additional recent acquisitions include worldwide rights to the Bella Thorne-led thriller Saint Clare, The Good Neighbor starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, the thriller The Immaculate Room starring Emile Hirsch and Kate Bosworth, and Kevin Lewis’ follow-up to Willy’s Wonderland, The Accursed starring Mena Suvari. Recent releases include the psychological horror film Monstrous starring Christina Ricci, the psychological thriller Cordelia starring Antonia Campbell-Hughes and Johnny Flynn, and Gigi Gaston’s 9 Bullets starring Lena Headey and Sam Worthington.
Screen Media Ventures’ President David Fannon negotiated the deal for The Nan Movie on behalf of the company, with Laura Macara, Commercial Director and Ellen Fraser, Legal Director from Great Point Media repping the filmmakers.
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