Lionsgate Films has acquired U.K. and Irish distribution rights. HanWay Films has boarded worldwide sales rights. Pic is produced by Number 9 Films.
Juan Carlos Medina (“Painless”) is set to direct. Pic is adapted by Goldman from Peter Ackyroyd’s novel “Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem.”
As well as “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” which has grossed 350 million, Goldman also scripted “The Woman in Black” and “X-Men: First Class.”
Cooke’s breakthrough performance was as Rachel in the Sundance Film Festival hit “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” which won the Grand Jury and audience prizes.
Rickman (“Harry Potter,” “Perfume”) will next be seen alongside Kate Winslet in “A Little Chaos,” which he also directed. Booth (“The Riot Club,” “Noah”) has just wrapped “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” alongside Lily James.
“The Limehouse Golem,” a gothic murder mystery in the style of “Se7en” and vein of “The Woman in Black,” will be produced by Number 9 Films’ Stephen Woolley (“Interview With the Vampire”), Elizabeth Karlsen (“Carol”) and Joanna Laurie (“Hyena”).
“The Limehouse Golem” is set in London in 1880. In the dangerous Limehouse district, a series of murders have shaken the community. So monstrous and ruthless are these crimes the press claim they’re the work of the Golem — a legendary creature from dark times…
Confronted by a murderer of a yet unknown kind and with no genuine leads, the police put the vastly experienced Detective Inspector Kildare on the case, a scapegoat for when the next victim surfaces.
Lionsgate CEO Zygi Kamasa commented: “Having recently worked with these three very talented British actors separately, we’re excited to see them onscreen together on what we think will be a chilling adaptation of this popular novel. We eagerly anticipate seeing how this team brings to life Jane and Juan’s work.”
Woolley said: “Having two films in competition in Cannes this year is a total thrill for Elizabeth and me, and we are privileged to be once again working with world-class filmmakers like Alan Rickman and Jane Goldman and the sensational director, Juan Carlos Medina, and stars of the future Olivia Cooke and Douglas Booth on this Gothic masterpiece. It’s going to be the first time the world will see the amazing universe that Peter Ackroyd has created that has a more sensational twist than ‘The Crying Game.’”
Thorsten Schumacher, managing director of HanWay Films, added: “Jane Goldman has created a gripping and twisting adaptation of this truly original and unique crime thriller. We know that Juan Carlos’s creative vision is the perfect match for it and ‘The Limehouse Golem’ will truly stand out from the pack. Having Lionsgate join us for the journey early on further validates and ensures the commercial outlook of ‘Golem.’”