Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all rights in the US, Latin America, Asia (excluding Japan), Eastern Europe, Portugal and South Africa to “The Leisure Seeker,” starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland.
Paolo Virzi is currently in production on the film, in which Mirren and Sutherland play a runaway couple going on a cross-country journey in their vintage camper, dubbed “The Leisure Seeker” as they flee the suffocating care of their doctors and grown children. They travel from Boston to Key West, sharing moments of exhilaration and anguish as they recapture their passion for life and their love for one another.
The script is written by Francesca Archibugi, Francesco Piccolo, Stephen Amidon, and Virzi. It’s inspired by the novel of the same name by Michael Zadoorian.
Sony Pictures Classics said, “The Leisure Seeker looks to be a major 2017 find. This is a rich story that promises career best performances from Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland. We look forward to bringing Paolo Virzi’s film to audiences in the United States and around the world.”
Producers are Indiana Production’s Fabrizio Donvito, Benedetto Habib, and Marco Cohen, alongside Rai Cinema. The film is executive produced by Indiana Production’s Alessandro Mascheroni, Dov Mamann and Daniel Campos Pavoncelli, as well as David Grumbach, Mathieu Robinet, and Gilles Sousa of BAC Films.
“The Leisure Seeker” is Virzi’s first film shot entirely in the U.S. His previous film “Like Crazy” played in the Directors’ Fortnight at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.
The deal was negotiated between CAA, Gilles Sousa from BAC Films and Sony Pictures Classics.