Roadside Attractions has acquired London stage veteran William Oldroyd’s new film drama “Lady Macbeth” following its screening and strong reviews that followed at the Toronto Film Festival.
The story is an adaptation of Russian writer Nikolai Leskov’s 1865 novella ‘Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk’. Florence Pugh plays a 19th century young bride sold into marriage to a middle-aged man. Alice Birch penned the script while Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly will produce.
Meanwhile Fox Searchlight is in final negotiations to buy North American rights to Amma Asante’s romantic drama “A United Kingdom” starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike.
The story deals with the political blowback that follows an African prince’s marriage to a London office worker. The mixed-race couple encounters prejudice over a union that challenged the system of apartheid.