EXCLUSIVE: Nick Meyer has added the eOne and BBC Films biopic starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly to its powerhouse Cannes slate.
The company represents international sales rights to the previously announced project pursuant to its agreement with eOne, who will directly distribute in Canada, the UK, Australia/New Zealand, Benelux and Spain.
Jon S. Baird, whose credits include Filth, will direct from a screenplay by Jeff Pope. The story follows the lauded comedy double act Laurel & Hardy, their halcyon days behind them, as they embark on a challenging tour of Britain in 1953.
As the trip wears on, Hardy’s ailing health coupled with long-buried ghosts threatens to derail the tour, and forces the friends to discover how much they mean to each other.
eOne and BBC Films are co-financing Stan & Ollie and Faye Ward’s Fable Pictures produces in association with eOne Features and BBC Films.
Christine Langan and Nichola Martin serve as executive producers for BBC Films, with Gabrielle Tana, and Jeff Pope for Sonesta Films.
Larry Harmon Pictures Corporation licensed rights to the work of Laurel and Hardy.
Sierra/Affinity’s Cannes slate includes Molly’s Game from eOne and The Mark Gordon Company, the feature directorial debut from Aaron Sorkin to star Idris Elba and Jessica Chastain; Bron Studios’ Tully, which reunites director Jason Reitman with writer Diablo Cody and Charlize Theron; and Andrew Niccol’s Anon, the sci-fi thriller that K5 Media Group co-finances and will star Clive Owen and Amanda Seyfried.