STXfilms acquires Daisy Ridley-led The Marsh King’s Daughter
Just over two months after development on the adaptation of Karen Dionne’s bestselling thriller novel of the same name was announced, STXfilms has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to the Daisy Ridley-led The Marsh King’s Daughter.
“We’re thrilled to be reuniting with Neil after such a successful collaboration on The Upside and extending our relationship with Black Bear and our friends at Anonymous Content,” Adam Fogelson, chairman, STXfilms Motion Picture Group, said in a statement. “Like The New York Times said about the novel, this project is as good as a thriller can be. Daisy Ridley is perfect for this role and we can’t wait to share this film with audiences in the territories we have acquired.”
Directed by Neil Burger (Voyagers) on a script from Elle and Mark L. Smith (The Revenant), the story centers on Ridley’s Helena, a woman living a seemingly ordinary life, but hiding a dark secret: her father is the infamous “Marsh King,” the man who kept her and her mother captive in the wilderness for years. After a lifetime of trying to escape her past, Helena is forced to face her demons when her father unexpectedly escapes from prison.
“We are honored to partner with STX on the US release of The Marsh King’s Daughter,” Black Bear Pictures’ Teddy Schwarzman said in a statement. “STX consistently provides audiences with high quality, event-driven and original films, and Neil and our team are thrilled to add this unique psychological thriller to STX’s already impressive lineup.”
The Marsh King’s Daughter is set to be produced by Black Bear’s Schwarzman (The Imitation Game), Anonymous Content’s Keith Redmon (Midnight Sky) and Mark L. Smith while Black Bear’s Michael Heimler is attached to executive produce alongside Syndicate Entertainment’s Cliff Roberts and Charles Miller. Black Bear is set to fully finance the thriller, which is set to begin shooting in Canada this June.
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