The Weinstein Company has acquired Richard Ayoade’s coming-of-age comedy Submarine for North America.
Submarine follows 15 year old Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts) through the impending break-up of his parents’ marriage and his first relationship. Its screening in Toronto was introduced to the audience by Ben Stiller, who with Red Hour Films has an executive producer credit on the film.
Submarine is the feature debut from writer/director Richard Ayoade (“Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace”). An adaptation of Joe Dunthorne’s stunning, award-winning novel which has attracted comparisons to J.D. Salinger, it stars Noah Taylor (Shine, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou), Paddy Considine (In America, The Bourne Ultimatum), newcomers Craig Roberts and Yasmin Paige, and Golden Globe winner Sally Hawkins (Happy Go Lucky).
A Warp Films production in association with Red Hour Films, Submarine is produced by Andy Stebbing (Kicks, Brick Lane) and Mark Herbert (This Is England, Dead Man’s Shoes) with Mary Burke (Bunny and The Bull, A Complete History of My Sexual Failures). It is backed by Film4, the UK Film Council’s New Cinema Fund, Wales Creative IP Fund and Film Agency Wales. Executive producers are Ben Stiller, Stuart Cornfeld, Jeremy Kramer, Tessa Ross, Peter Carlton, Will Clarke, Linda James, Pauline Burt and Paul Higgins.
Protagonist Pictures are handling international sales, and are in negotiations on other major territories. Optimum Releasing will release the film in the UK.