Biel, Firth star in Coward adaptation
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired U.S., Latin American and South African distribution rights to Stephan Elliot’s “Easy Virtue.” The updated adaptation of Noel Coward’s play toplines Jessica Biel, Ben Barnes, Colin Firth and Kristin Scott Thomas.Sources estimated the acquisition at around $1 million. Helmer Elliot (“The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”) also scripted, adapting Coward’s play with Sheridan Jobbins. Producers are Ealing Studios/Fragile Films’ Barnaby Thompson, Joseph Abrams and Endgame’s James Stern. Stern was involved with another pic snapped up by Sony Classics after Toronto: He co-directed and produced “A Chorus Line” docu “Every Little Step,” for which the deal closed on Sept. 15. Pic was produced and financed in association with Odyssey Entertainment, BBC Films and Prescience Production Partnerships.