Alan Rickman directed the film from a screenplay he wrote with Alison Deegan and Jeremy Brock. Winslet stars with Stanley Tucci in the story of a female landscape designer tasked with overseeing part of the Versailles gardens. Rickman also plays King Louis XIV.
The film was financed by Lionsgate U.K. and BBC Films in Scandinavia.
Variety reviewer Dennis Harvey was not impressed: “’A Little Chaos’ is all too tidy as it imposes a predictable, pat modern sensibility on a most unconvincing depiction of late 17th century French aristocratic life.”
Focus Features acquisition president Lia Buman and exec VP of business affairs Beth Lemberger negotiated on behalf of the studio, and CAA brokered the deal on behalf of Lionsgate U.K. and Potboiler Productions.