Rudin making ‘Beauty’ mark

FilmFour to partner with American distrib

FilmFour has bought the Zadie Smith novel “On Beauty,” with Alison Owen and Scott Rudin producing.

Novel, which was on the short list for the Booker Prize, is about two professors who are bitter rivals in the academic world. Despite each prof’s inherent dislike of the other, members of their two families intermingle.

FilmFour topper Tessa Ross, who’ll be exec producer, estimates the budget of the film at about $20 million and said FilmFour will partner with an American distributor.

FilmFour usually concentrates on Brit-themed fare, and while this one is set at an East Coast college, the author is British and so is Rudin’s producing partner, Owen.

Smith’s debut novel, “White Teeth,” was the first project FilmFour’s Ross brought with her to Channel 4 when she moved there from the BBC. “White Teeth” was made into a miniseries.

“On Beauty” was a bestseller in London and is climbing the lists in the U.S.

Owen is developing several other books at FilmFour, including Monica Ali’s “Brick Lane,” which will shoot early next year with Sarah Gavron directing. Rudin is partnered with Owen on an adaptation of Philippa Gregory’s “The Other Boleyn Girl” for BBC Films. A director is being sought, and Sony will distribute domestically, with Focus to take foreign.

More Film

  • Durban 2018 Panel on Sexual Harrasment

    For Black Women in South African Film Biz, Equality Still a Struggle

    FilmFour has bought the Zadie Smith novel “On Beauty,” with Alison Owen and Scott Rudin producing. Novel, which was on the short list for the Booker Prize, is about two professors who are bitter rivals in the academic world. Despite each prof’s inherent dislike of the other, members of their two families intermingle. FilmFour topper […]

  • 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' Teases Spider-Ham

    'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' Teases Spider-Ham, Other Webspinners

    FilmFour has bought the Zadie Smith novel “On Beauty,” with Alison Owen and Scott Rudin producing. Novel, which was on the short list for the Booker Prize, is about two professors who are bitter rivals in the academic world. Despite each prof’s inherent dislike of the other, members of their two families intermingle. FilmFour topper […]

  • Venom Comic-Con

    'Venom' Creators Promise 'Huge World,' Tease Spider-Man Fight

    FilmFour has bought the Zadie Smith novel “On Beauty,” with Alison Owen and Scott Rudin producing. Novel, which was on the short list for the Booker Prize, is about two professors who are bitter rivals in the academic world. Despite each prof’s inherent dislike of the other, members of their two families intermingle. FilmFour topper […]

  • Bully

    Film News Roundup: Danny Trejo's Dark Comedy 'Bully' Scores Distribution

    FilmFour has bought the Zadie Smith novel “On Beauty,” with Alison Owen and Scott Rudin producing. Novel, which was on the short list for the Booker Prize, is about two professors who are bitter rivals in the academic world. Despite each prof’s inherent dislike of the other, members of their two families intermingle. FilmFour topper […]

  • Jamie Lee Curtis Hugs Fan Who

    Jamie Lee Curtis Embraces Sobbing Fan, Who Says 'Halloween' Saved His Life

    FilmFour has bought the Zadie Smith novel “On Beauty,” with Alison Owen and Scott Rudin producing. Novel, which was on the short list for the Booker Prize, is about two professors who are bitter rivals in the academic world. Despite each prof’s inherent dislike of the other, members of their two families intermingle. FilmFour topper […]

  • Teen Titans Go to the Movies

    Film Review: 'Teen Titans GO! to the Movies'

    FilmFour has bought the Zadie Smith novel “On Beauty,” with Alison Owen and Scott Rudin producing. Novel, which was on the short list for the Booker Prize, is about two professors who are bitter rivals in the academic world. Despite each prof’s inherent dislike of the other, members of their two families intermingle. FilmFour topper […]

  • Glass trailer

    M. Night Shyamalan's 'Glass' Trailer Debuts at Comic-Con

    FilmFour has bought the Zadie Smith novel “On Beauty,” with Alison Owen and Scott Rudin producing. Novel, which was on the short list for the Booker Prize, is about two professors who are bitter rivals in the academic world. Despite each prof’s inherent dislike of the other, members of their two families intermingle. FilmFour topper […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content