Saban Films won a competitive bidding war for “Lizzie,” the drama about Lizzie Borden and the unsolved 1892 murder of her parents. The film premiered earlier this week at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
Academy Award nominee Chloë Sevigny stars as Lizzie Borden. At age 32, Borden was tried for the murders of her father and step-mother. Officially, however, the case remains unsolved. Sevigny also produced the film. When asked about the deal, she said:
I couldn’t be happier than to partner with Saban Films and Roadside on ‘Lizzie,’ a film that has been a labor of love for me for over 10 years. I am thrilled for theatre goers to see this incredible tale.
The film was written by Bryce Kass and directed by Craig William Macneill.
The film also stars Kristen Stewart as the family’s maid, Bridget Sullivan. She began working for the Bordens just six months before the murders, and was one of the main suspects.
Saban Films’ Bill Bromiley said:
Chloë and Kristen are two of the most esteemed actresses of our time. Their performances in ‘Lizzie’ are evocative and gripping, and we’re proud to be championing this film.
Roadside Attractions co-founders Howard Cohen and Eric d’Arbeloff added:
Chloe and Kristen make these roles their own and they slay in every sense of the word. Craig delivered a tense period thriller and we are excited to partner with our friends at Saban as we bring audiences ‘Lizzie’ later this year.
The official release date will likely be announced soon, but the film is expected to hit theaters this summer.