LONDON — Lionsgate U.K. has taken U.K. rights to feel-good inspirational movie “Eddie the Eagle,” which Matthew Vaughn’s Marv Films is producing.
The film has just started production in the Alps and moves to the U.K. next month. Lionsgate U.K. plans to release the film in the U.K. in spring 2016; 20th Century Fox will distribute in all other territories worldwide.
The film details the exploits of Michael Edwards, better known as “Eddie the Eagle,” the most famous ski jumper in British history. Edwards won the hearts of sports fans around the world by making a catastrophic showing at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. The film’s portrayal of Edwards’ never-say-die approach to the sport “celebrates the human spirit and resilience in the face of extraordinary odds and challenges.”
Eddie will be played by Taron Egerton, who appeared in Vaughn’s “Kingsman: The Secret Service.” That film has become a worldwide blockbuster, grossing more than $250 million with several major territories still due to release. Hugh Jackman plays a ski-jumping expert from Lake Placid who helps Eddie train for the Calgary Olympics.
“Eddie the Eagle” will be directed by Dexter Fletcher, who helmed “Wild Bill” and musical “Sunshine in Leith,” and appeared in “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels,” which Vaughn produced, and in Vaughn’s directorial debut, “Layer Cake.”
Vaughn, Adam Bohling, David Reid, Rupert Maconick and Valerie Van Galder are producing the film from a screenplay by Sean Macaulay and Simon Kelton, from a story by Kelton.
Lionsgate U.K. CEO Zygi Kamasa commented: “When you combine Eddie the Eagle, Hugh Jackman, Taron Egerton, Matthew Vaughn and Dexter Fletcher making one of the biggest British movies for many years you’ve got something that’s unmissable. I’m the first one in line to pay to see that film and I don’t think there isn’t an adult in the U.K. who won’t want to join me. Charming, funny and emotional — audiences are going to love this.”
Vaughn added: “’Eddie the Eagle’ is the feel-good inspirational movie the world needs now more than ever. The enthusiasm from Lionsgate, and in particular Zygi Kamasa, is so gratifying to everyone involved in the making of the film.”