June 23rd, 2021
Jake Gyllenhaal & Vanessa Kirby Attached to Star
Alain Attal, Gyllenhaal & Riva Market Producing
TRESOR FILMS, NINE STORIES AND STUDIOCANAL today announce they are set to make SUDDENLY directed by Multi Award-Winning French screenwriter, actor, producer, and director Thomas Bidegain (A Prophet, Les Cowboys, Rust and Bone, Dheepan, The Sisters Brothers, Stillwater – writer, Les Cowboys, Selfie – director). Written by Thomas Bidegain and newcomer Valentine Monteil.
Academy Award Nominees Jake Gyllenhaal Spiderman: Far from Home, Prisoners, Southpaw, Nightcrawler) and Vanessa Kirby (Pieces of a Woman, Mission Impossible – Fallout, The Crown) attached to star. Gyllenhaal and Bidegain previously worked together on The Sisters Brothers.
Based on Isabelle Autissier’s novel SOUDAIN SEULS (Editions STOCK), SUDDENLY is a suspenseful and breath-taking fight for survival.
SUDDENLY is produced by Alain Attal (Asterix & Obelix: The Middle Kingdom, The Wolf’s Call, Sink or Swim, Polisse, Tell No One) Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker for their Nine Stories (The Guilty, Wildlife). STUDIOCANAL will fully finance. ARTEMIS PRODUCTIONS (Belgium) and TRUE NORTH PRODUCTIONS (Iceland) will coproduce.
Writer & Director Thomas Bidegain comments: “With Suddenly, I wanted to analyse the deep dynamics of a relationship stripped of all the artifices of the modern world, when facing life and death situations in a wondrous
but hostile environment. Jake and Vanessa are a dream pairing who elevate the film to an entirely new dimension and are dream partners for making the film, along with our friends at STUDIOCANAL.”
STUDIOCANAL CEO Anna Marsh adds: “We are thrilled to be working with such an incredible group of creative talent who have come together for Suddenly. Over the years, we have enjoyed great success together with Alain Attal, a producer of impeccable taste. The moment he came to us with this compelling story, we immediately believed in its major worldwide potential. The entire team at STUDIOCANAL are such fans of Thomas’ work as a writer and filmmaker and can’t wait to see two of our favourite actors, Jake Gyllenhaal and Vanessa Kirby bring these profound, but complex characters to life together on screen. We have wanted to work with Nine Stories creatively for some time, I couldn’t be happier that Alain, Jake and Riva have partnered on this film.”
STUDIOCANAL to commence worldwide sales at the Cannes Market 2021
STUDIOCANAL, a 100% affiliate of CANAL+ Group held by Vivendi, is Europe’s leader in production, distribution and international sales of feature films and TV series, operating directly in all three major European markets – France, the United Kingdom and Germany – as well as in Australia and New Zealand.
STUDIOCANAL owns one of the most important film libraries in the world, boasting nearly, 6,000 titles from 60 countries. Spanning 100 years of film history, this vast and unique catalogue includes among others the iconic Terminator 2, Rambo, Breathless, Mulholland Drive, The Pianist, The Graduate, The Third Man, and Belle de jour.
STUDIOCANAL has fully financed box office hits Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Paddington 1 and 2, Non Stop, and Shaun the Sheep Movie. Upcoming films backed by STUDIOCANAL include Will Sharpe’s The Electrical Life of Louis Wain starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Claire Foy, Augustine Frizzell’s The Last Letter from your Lover adapted from Jojo Moyes’ best-selling novel, Navot Papushado’s female action thriller Gunpowder Milkshake and Gil Kenan’s live action A Boy called Christmas.
STUDIOCANAL is actively producing and developing a slate of premium international TV series in-house, as well as through its network of award-winning subsidiary production companies, which includes Germany’s TANDEM Productions (Shadowplay), the UK’s RED Production Company (Years and Years, It’s a Sin, Finding Alice), URBAN MYTH FILMS (War of the Worlds) and Spain’s BAMBÚ PRODUCCIONES (Instinto). The company is also an associate of Danish-based SAM Productions founded by Søren Sveistrup, Adam Price, and Meta Louise Foldager (Ride Upon the Storm) and Benedict Cumberbatch’s SUNNYMARCH TV (Patrick Melrose).
STUDIOCANAL produces more than 200 hours of TV series each year distributing productions and CANAL+ Creation Originale worldwide with 1,000 hours of current and library content in distribution.