London-based film finance and international sales company Intandem Films has taken worldwide rights to family drama Ways to Live Forever.

Based on the best selling book of the same title by Sally Nicholls, the film stars Robbie Kay, Greta Scacchi, Ben Chaplin and Emilia Fox and is produced by Martyn Auty.

Ways to Live Forever, which started shooting in the north east of England earlier this month, tells the story of a boy with leukemia who wants to live out all of his dreams before he dies. It is directed by Gustavo Ron, who also wrote the screenplay.

The $3.3m (£2m) project is a collaboration between Life & Soul Productions and El Capitan Pictures in Spain, with additional support from Northern Film & Media’s North East Content Fund.

“We intend to make a wonderful drama with moments of comedy and magic. A film shot in the North East of England with all its beautiful scenery but a film for everyone, everywhere,” Ron said. “Who could not be touched by  the heartfelt difficulties of teenagers dying but with all of their hopes and dreams still so much a part of them?”

Intandem director Billy Hurman added, “We were immediately attracted to this beautiful, uplifting story and the emotional rollercoaster it takes the audience on. It is a pleasure to be working with such talented professionals as Martyn Auty and Gustavo Ron.”