Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have acquired the North American rights to the romantic drama The good house of Amblin Partners, in association with the Participant. The film based on Ann Leary’s New York Times bestseller will travel to the Tribeca Film Festival for its US premiere on June 18 and hit theaters via Roadside on September 30.
The good house follows Hildy Good (three-time Oscar nominee Sigourney Weaver), a wry New England real estate agent and descendant of the Salem witches, who loves her wine and her secrets. Her compartmentalized life begins to unravel as she rekindles a romance with her old high school flame, Frank Getchell (Oscar winner Kevin Kline), and becomes dangerously embroiled in one person’s reckless behavior. Igniting long-buried emotions and family secrets, Hildy is propelled toward a reckoning with the one person she’s been avoiding for decades: herself.
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The film acquired by Lionsgate and Roadside marks the third collaboration between Weaver and Kline, on the heels of Ivan Reitman’s 1993 Oscar-nominated comedy David and Ang Lee’s classic 1997 drama, The ice storm. Maya Forbes, winner of the WGA award (infinitely polar bear) and Emmy winner Wally Wolodarsky (The Polka King) directed the picture, which had its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival last year. Forbes, Wolodarsky and Thomas Bezucha adapted the screenplay, with Emmy nominee Morena Baccarin (dead Pool franchise), Emmy nominee Rob Delaney (Disaster), SAG Prize winner David Rasche (Succession), Rebecca Henderson (Russian doll), Molly Brown (Billions) and Beverly D’Angelo (National Lampoon’s Holiday franchise) rounding out the cast.
The project was produced by Oscar nominee Jane Rosenthal (The Irishman), Emmy nominee Berry Welsh (The Irishman) and Oscar nominee Aaron Ryder (Arrival) from FilmNation Entertainment. Executive producers included Erika Hampson, Steve Samuels, Christos V. Konstantakopoulos, Holly Bario and Jeff Skoll and Robert Kessel of Participant. Amblin Partners retains the international distribution rights to the film.
“In a career full of spectacular performances, creating so many indelible characters, Sigourney Weaver delivers one of our absolute favorites as a New Englander who is in over her head in The good house, Maya Forbes and Wally Wolodarsky’s gorgeous adaptation of Ann Leary’s beloved novel,” said Roadside Co-Chairs Eric d’Arbeloff and Howard Cohen. “We’re confident this ironically funny and gripping film will resonate with audiences across the country, and we’re thrilled to bring the film to theaters for audiences to experience this fall.”
“Sigourney Weaver and Kevin Kline are a magical combination for on-screen audiences,” said Eda Kowan, executive vice president of acquisitions and co-productions at Lionsgate. “It’s exciting to be working again with our friends at Amblin and Roadside Attractions, along with producers Jane Rosenthal, Berry Welsh and Aaron Ryder, who have delivered an outstanding, funny and moving film.”
Forbes and Wolodarsky added, “We couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate. We always love the movies they release. They are great partners for this film.
Since its inception in 2003, Roadside Attractions films have grossed over $500 million and garnered 23 Oscar nominations. The company recently released the comedy family campby director Brian Cates, as well as the drama by Terence Davies Blessing. Other upcoming releases include John Michael McDonagh’s The Forgivenwith Ralph Fiennes and Jessica Chastain, and a pair of Sundance 2022 pageant titles—Criminal Emilywith Aubrey Plaza and Theo Rossi, and Call Janewith Elizabeth Banks and Weaver.
Other upcoming Lionsgate releases include Judy Blume’s adaptation Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret, White Bird: A Wonderful Story, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes and John Wick: Chapter 4.
Kowan, Grace Duplissea and Kaycee Holcomb brokered the North American deal for The good house on behalf of Lionsgate, with Chris Floyd of Amblin Partners, ICM Partners and UTA Independent on behalf of the filmmakers.
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