Lionsgate U.K. Backs Rickman’s 'Chaos'

Pic stars Kate Winslet, Matthias Schoenaerts

LONDON – Lionsgate U.K. has boarded Alan Rickman’s sophomore helming effort “A Little Chaos” as main financier and co-producer alongside BBC Films and Lipsync.

Lionsgate will distrib in Blighty and sell U.S. rights on the project, which stars Kate Winslet and Matthias Schoenaerts.

Lionsgate Intl. will handle all other rights, with a sale already concluded with Transmission in Australia.

Gail Egan, Andrea Calderwood and Bertrand Faivre will produce the film about rival landscape gardeners both commissioned to create a fountain at Versailles by Louis XIV. Lionsgate’s Zygi Kamasa will exec produce.

“’A Little Chaos’ is the perfect project to continue our increasing investment in British films,” said Kamasa, who aims to make Lionsgate the top distrib for local films in the U.K.

The company released five homegrown films in 2012, and have more scheduled for 2013, including “Hummingbird” with Jason Statham, “The Railway Man,” starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman, and Ralph Fiennes’ sophomore helming effort “The Invisible Woman.”

“We were the most successful distributor of British film in 2012,” Kamasa told Variety recently. “We want to be the dominant distributor of British films in the U.K., and we’re keeping those quite eclectic. With(last year’s)  ‘Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,’ ‘Coriolanus’ and ‘Keith Lemon’ you couldn’t think of more different films. That’s very much our remit.”

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