Early 2003 release of romantic laffer planned

Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired U.S. rights to “I Capture the Castle” from Distant Horizon following screenings at the Cannes Film Festival. An early 2003 release is planned.

Set in the 1930s, the romantic comedy follows the adventures of a 17-year-old who lives with her poor and eccentric family in a crumbling English castle.

Heidi Thomas adapted the screenplay from the novel by Dodie Smith, who also penned “The Hundred and One Dalmatians.” Tim Flywell directed.

Pic stars Romola Garai, Bill Nighy, Rose Byrne, Tara Fitzgerald and Henry Thomas. David Parfitt (“Shakespeare in Love”) produced the film.

Exec producers are Distant Horizon’s Anant Singh and BBC Films’ David M. Thompson.

Upcoming films from Sam Goldwyn include “Me Without You” (along with Fireworks Pictures), “Das Experiment” and “The Man From Elysian Fields” (also with Fireworks Pictures).

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