New Regency is reuniting with the director of its Oscar-winning 12 Years A Slave on the heist thriller as the studio continues to assemble its stable of prestige filmmakers.
Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films are producing Widows, based on Lynda La Plante’s 1980s TV series that aired on Thames Television about the wives of four armed robbers who come together to finish a robbery after their spouses are killed.
McQueen will also write and produce the feature, scheduled to start pre-production by the end of the year.
New Regency, led by Brad Weston, is riding high on awards buzz for its current releases Birdman from Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu and Gone Girl by David Fincher, which Fox Searchlight and Fox are distributing, respectively.
Iñárritu is currently in production for New Regency on The Revenant starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, a 2016 Oscar hopeful set to open through Fox on December 25, 2015.
The studio is also in pre-production on a Gore Verbinski thriller starring Steve Carell for Fox. Earlier this year Paramount distributed Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.