Berlin: Colin Farrell-Rachel Weisz Comedy ‘The Lobster’ Moves to A24 From Alchemy

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A24 has picked up U.S. rights to Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz’s comedy “The Lobster” from troubled indie distributor Alchemy.

Reps for A24 confirmed the deal with Alchemy, which originally acquired the film in May at the Cannes Film Festival and had set a March 11 release. A24 has not set a new launch date for “The Lobster.”

Reps for Alchemy were not immediately available for comment. Alchemy CEO Bill Lee stepped down in December with Kelly Summers and Scott Guthrie promoted to a co-presidency.

Alchemy bought “The Lobster” four days after the film’s world premiere in competition at Cannes. Variety critic Guy Lodge called the film “wickedly funny” in his review.

The film marks the English-language debut of Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos, who received critical acclaim for “Dogtooth.” “The Lobster,” which also stars Lea Seydoux, John C. Reilly, Ben Whishaw and Olivia Colman, is a dark, funny love story set in a dystopian near future where single people are arrested and transformed into animals of their choosing if they fail to find a mate within 45 days.

Farrell plays a single man who checks into a hotel to find a mate, then joins a rebel group and falls in love with Weisz’s character. “The Lobster” was shot in Ireland the spring of 2014 with Lanthimos directing from a script he co-wrote with  Efthimis Filippou.

The company, formerly known as Millennium Entertainment, relaunched itself as Alchemy in January 2015 and was an aggressive buyer at film festivals. It bought U.S. rights to two other Cannes titles —  Gaspar Noe’s sex-infused drama “Love” and U.S. rights to Italian director Nanni Moretti’s dramedy “Mia Madre” — along with Mitch Dickman’s marijuana documentary “Rolling Papers,” Antoine Bardou-Jacquet’s action-comedy “Moonwalkers” and post-apocalyptic thriller “The Survivalist.”

Alchemy’s best domestic box performer has been “Meet the Patels” with $1.7 million. Kristen Wiig’s “Welcome to Me” took in only $609,000 in the U.S. “Mia Madre” is set for a March 25 debut.

A24 scored its biggest success last summer when “Ex Machina” topped $25 million.

CAA repped “The Lobster” in Berlin. The news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

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