UK distributor Parkland Entertainment has picked up Shelagh McLeod’s space drama Astronaut, which stars Richard Dreyfuss as a widower who enters a competition to win a trip to space.
The film premiered at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival. Parkland is lining up a theatrical release in early 2020 across the UK and Ireland.
Producers on the project are Jessica Adams and Sean Buckley. It marks the feature directing debut of UK-based Canadian actress McLeod, who also wrote the screenplay.
Parkland Entertainment was launched last year by former Arrow Films executive Tom Stewart and John Cairns, founder of sales and production outfit Parkland Pictures.
Recently, it’s biographical drama The Keeper, about the German goalkeeper Bert Trautmann, grossed £392,044 in the UK, while the Bill Nighy-starring comedy-drama Sometimes Always Never has taken £340,265 and is still on release.
Upcoming on the slate are Emilio Estevez’s The Public; documentary feature The Biggest Little Farm, which has been a box office hit in the US, taking $4.3m; and Vietnam War drama Last Full Measure, starring William Hurt, Samuel L. Jackson and Peter Fonda.