Focus Features to Begin Production on ‘Promising Young Woman’ with Carey Mulligan


Emerald Fennell Helmed-Thriller Starring Carey Mulligan


LOS ANGELES, February 13th, 2019– Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski announced today that Focus will partner with FilmNation Entertainment to begin production on Promising Young Woman. The thriller marks the feature directorial debut of Emerald Fennell, who will both direct and write the film’s screenplay.  Academy-Award® nominee Carey Mulligan is set to star and Fennell will produce along with Margot Robbie, Tom Ackerley, and Josey McNamara for LuckyChap Entertainment and Ben Browning for FilmNation Entertainment.  Ashley Fox of FilmNation Entertainment will executive produce. Production is set to begin this spring.  Focus Features will distribute the film worldwide, excluding Australia, New Zealand, Benelux, Israel, Greece, Middle East, CIS, and South Africa.

Mulligan will play Cassie, a young woman haunted by a tragedy in her past who begins to take a very particular form of revenge on the predatory men unlucky enough to cross her path.  The multi-talented Fennell is also set to join this season of The Crown as Camilla Parker Bowles, and has just completed showrunning the second season of Killing Eve. Additionally, she is currently writing a new musical adaptation of Cinderella with Andrew Lloyd Webber.  

“Emerald generated an incredible script that rocked us to our core, so we’ve no doubt she’ll bring that same energy when directing this story,” said Focus chairman Peter Kujawski.  “We are thrilled to work once again with Carey along with Emerald, Glen and the entire filmmaking team on bringing this exhilarating dark tale to screen.”

UTA Independent Film Group and FilmNation negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmaking team.

Fennell is represented by UTA, United Agents (in the UK), Management 360 and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller.

About Focus Features

Focus Features acquires and produces specialty films for the global market, and holds a library of iconic movies from fearless filmmakers garnering 127 Academy Award® nominations and 24 wins. Current and upcoming domestic releases from Focus include Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman; Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, director Morgan Neville’s documentary on Mister Rogers; On the Basis of Sex, the real-life drama of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg starring Felicity Jones and Armie Hammer; Asghar Farhadi’s Spanish-language thriller Everybody Knows (Todos lo Saben) starring Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz; Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre’s directorial debut The Mustang; Jim Jarmusch’s zombie comedy The Dead Don’t Die with Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Chloë Sevigny, Tilda Swinton, Steve Buscemi, and Selena Gomez; Neil Jordan’s thriller Greta starring Isabelle Huppert and Chloë Grace Moretz; Harriet about the iconic freedom fighter Harriet Tubman starring Cynthia Erivo and Leslie Odom Jr. and directed by Kasi Lemmons; and the anticipated Downtown Abbey movie starring the entire original cast.

Focus is part of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG), which produces, acquires, markets and distributes filmed entertainment worldwide in various media formats for theatrical, home entertainment, television and other distribution platforms, as well as consumer products, interactive gaming and live entertainment. UFEG’s global division also includes Universal Pictures, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, Universal Brand Development, Fandango, DreamWorks Animation Film and Television. UFEG is part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

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About FilmNation Entertainment

FilmNation Entertainment is a leading independent entertainment company focused on the production, financing, and distribution of feature films and television. FilmNation’s titles are amongst the most critically lauded in the film industry with more than 40 Academy Award® nominations and eight wins. The company has broadened its platform with strategic investments into other storytelling arenas, including theatrical production (it recently produced the 10 Tony winning musical ‘The Band’s Visit’), virtual reality, and digital/short form content. The company has produced and financed numerous award-winning box office hits including: Arrivalstarring Amy Adams, and The Big Sick produced with Judd Apatow. In a record breaking US deal at Sundance last month, the company sold its breakout comedy Late Night starring Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson. FilmNation is consistently ranked as one of the highest-grossing independent international film distributors, and has built a deep slate of television series in development, including Derek Cianfrance written/directed I Know This Much Is True starring Mark Ruffalo at HBO, and Isabel Allende adaptation The House of the Spirits at Hulu.

About LuckyChap Entertainment

LuckyChap Entertainment produced the award-winning feature film I, Tonya. They recently wrapped production on the independent film Dreamland starring Margot Robbie and Travis Fimmel and  are currently in production on Birds of Prey (and The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) with Warner Bros. Studios, Kroll & Co Entertainment and Clubhouse Pictures.  LuckyChap Entertainment has several other projects currently in development and a first look production deal with Warner Bros. Studios.  Its impressive slate of projects include an adaptation of the book “Bad Monkeys,” written by Jessica Knoll and co-produced with Universal/Dylan Clark Productions; and the much-anticipated Marian, which stars Margot Robbie and is being produced in collaboration with Donald De Line and Amy Pascal.   In late 2017, LuckyChap  Entertainment expanded its business with a television division and is currently in pre-production on Dollface starring Kat Dennings with Hulu, ABC Signature studios and Clubhouse Pictures. LuckyChap has also teamed up with Hoodlum and Australia’s ABC to create a 10-part television series based on modern versions of the works of Shakespeare, told from female perspectives and to be led by an all-female creative team.