The Little Stranger Comes into Focus


Ghost stories are still white hot in Hollywood and also at Cannes. THR is reporting that Focus Features has acquired worldwide rights to Lenny Abrahamson’s The Little Stranger, except for the U.K., France, and Switzerland, where it will be distributed by Pathé.

The new film from the Oscar-nominated director of Room is a ghost story that will star Charlotte Rampling, Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, and Will Poulter. It begins shooting this summer in the U.K. for release in 2018.

The Danish Girl writer Lucinda Coxon has adapted Sarah Waters’ well-received Gothic novel set in post-WWII Britain, where a doctor revisits a crumbling stately home called Hundreds Halls where his mother once worked as a nurse maid. The owners are losing the house because they can’t afford the taxes, even though they say the home is haunted by the malevolent ghost of their mother’s first-born daughter. The doctor becomes obsessed with marrying one of the owner’s daughters, but things begin to spiral out of control.

The Little Stranger is a Focus Features, Pathé, and Film4 presentation in association with Ingenious Media and the Irish Film Board of a Potboiler production in association with Element Pictures. The producers of The Little Stranger are Gail Egan, who executive-produced Focus’ The Constant Gardener, Andrea Calderwood, and Ed Guiney. Executive producers are Pathé’s Cameron McCracken, Film4’s Daniel Battsek, Irish Film Board’s Celine Haddad, Ingenious’ Tim O’Shea, and Element’s Andrew Lowe. The film was developed by Potboiler and Film4 with Element Films.

We’re thrilled to be working with Lenny, a filmmaker who has proven to redefine every genre he takes on,” Focus chairman Peter Kujawski said. “We are excited to be partnering once again with our good friends at Pathé and Film4 on The Little Stranger, a classic ghost story to chill moviegoers.

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