Production expected to commence next year
Los Angeles – September 20, 2017 - Entertainment One (eOne) today announced that it has acquired all rights worldwide for the upcoming Lee Miller biopic starring Academy Award® winning Kate Winslet. eOne will distribute and fully finance the film.
Winslet will play the title role of American photographer, model, artist and war correspondent Elizabeth ‘Lee’ Miller in the untitled film. Miller was a seminal figure in documenting the Second World War for Vogue magazine, bringing images of the concentration camps to the attention of the world, along with headlines such as "Believe It!". Beyond her death, her work has further continued to bring the atrocities of the Nazi regime into the public eye.
The film will be produced by Troy Lum and Andrew Mason of Hopscotch Features and Winslet herself, and will document Miller’s extraordinary life; as told by her son, Antony Penrose, in the only authorised biography “The Lives of Lee Miller”.
In an exclusive collaboration with the family and estate, the production has been given unprecedented access to The Lee Miller Archives, which include all of her photos and diaries.
Antony Penrose said of the project: "I am delighted to work with Kate Winslet, eOne and Hopscotch to share the life story of my mother Lee Miller. Their integrity and respect for the truth has earned them the absolute trust of myself and my family and we have allowed access to all aspects of our lives and history through interviews, our personal papers and material held in The Lee Miller Archives and The Roland Penrose Archive, the latter being part of The Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh.”
Production is expected to begin in 2018. The director is yet to be announced.
About Hopscotch Features
Hopscotch Features was launched in 2009, representing an exciting collaboration between Troy Lum, (Producer of The Water Diviner, Saving Mr Banks, Managing Director of Entertainment One Asia-Pacific), Andrew Mason (producer of The Matrix, Dark City, The Water Diviner) and John Collee (writer of Master and Commander, Happy Feet), and later joined by former Weinstein executive Maeva Gatineau (Consultant for The Artist, Silver Linings Playbook, Philomena). Hopscotch Features’ output has included Anne Fontaine’s Adoration starring Naomi Watts and Robin Wright, Disney production Saving Mr. Banks with Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, and Russell Crowe's directorial debut, The Water Diviner. Hopscotch Features are currently in pre-production on sci-fi horror film Nekromancer, from the Roache-Turner brothers. Upcoming projects to commence production in 2018 include the Lee Miller biopic starring Kate Winslet and the adaptation of Anna Funder’s best-selling WWII espionage novel All That I Am.
About Entertainment One
Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a global independent studio that specialises in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. The Company’s diversified expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales, family programming, merchandising and licensing, and digital content. Through its global reach and expansive scale, powered by deep local market knowledge, the Company delivers the best content to the world.
Entertainment One’s robust network includes film and television studio The Mark Gordon Company; content creation venture Amblin Partners with Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, Reliance Entertainment, Alibaba Pictures and Universal Filmed Entertainment; newly-launched MAKEREADY with Brad Weston; leading feature film production and global sales company Sierra Pictures; unscripted television production company Renegade 83; world-class music labels Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning digital agency Secret Location.
The Company’s rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 100,000 hours of film and television content and approximately 40,000 music tracks.
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