A24 bought U.S. rights to Room, an adaptation of the Emma Donoghue novel that has Brie Larson set to star and Lenny Abrahamson directing with production to begin this fall. People have been buzzing about this one. It revolves around the love between a mother and her 5-year-old child, who live together in a single room. Over the course of his fifth birthday, it becomes apparent they are not in that room by choice; she has been imprisoned there, and they plot their escape. Ed Guiney will produce and Andrew Love is exec producing for Element Pictures and Tessa Ross, Sue Bruce Smith and Rose Garnett are exec producing for Film4, which developed it with the Irish Film Board. UTA repped by the film and FilmNation is selling international rights.
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EXCLUSIVE: Spirit Award-nominated Brie Larson has boarded indie drama Room, directed by Lenny Abrahamson. She’ll star as Ma, a woman kidnapped as a teenager who has been held captive for years in a tiny room where she lives with her 5-year-old son Jack. To the boy, Room is the only home he’s ever known. Emma Donoghue adapted the script from her own 2010 bestseller which was itself partially inspired by the 2008 case of Austrian woman Elisabeth Fritzl, who escaped from a basement after a 24-year captivity during which she gave birth to seven children. Larsen is coming off of her award-winning central turn in last year’s Short Term 12. She’ll next be seen in Paramount’s upcoming The Gambler opposite Mark Wahlberg, Judd Apatow’s Trainwrecked, and DreamWorks’ The Good Luck Of Right Now. Room is produced by Ed Guiney for his Irish shingle Element Pictures. Larson is repped by The Gersh Agency and Authentic Talent & Literary Management. UTA reps Donoghue and the film and is putting financing together alongside Element.
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