Lakeshore drama stars Cruz, Kingsley
Samuel Goldwyn Films and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group teamed up to nab domestic rights to Lakeshore Entertainment’s drama “Elegy” starring Penelope Cruz and Ben Kingsley. Red Envelope Entertainment picked up Netflix rights for their subscription service.
Spanish helmer Isabel Coixet (“My Life Without Me”) worked from an adaptation by Nicholas Meyer of Philip Roth’s short novel “The Dying Animal.”
Story follows an impassioned relationship between a professor (Kingsley) and a young woman (Cruz) as it shifts from a quest to hold dominion over the other into a love story. Cast also includes Dennis Hopper, Patricia Clarkson, Peter Sarsgaard and Deborah Harry.
Pic preemed at Berlin Film fest to critical acclaim and has since opened in Spain. U.S. release is slated for August.
Drama was produced by Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi and Andre Lamal.
Deal was negotiated by Goldwyn prexy Meyer Gottlieb and acquisitions veep Peter Goldwyn, SPWAG acquisitions veep Scott Shooman, Lakeshore marketing prexy David Dinerstein, and Netflix head of business and legal Thom Zadra.