Amazon Studios is finalizing a deal for world distribution rights for Jennifer Kent‘s next project, an adaptation of Alexis Koe’s book, “Alice + Freda Forever.” The deal comes ahead of the Toronto International Film Festival where the studio will be present for its films, the awards-buzzy “The Report” and the visually stunning “The Aeronauts.”
The news was first reported by Deadline, where they report the studio is closing in on “advanced negotiations to finance and gain worldwide distribution rights” for Kent’s third directorial feature. The Australian filmmaker made a name for herself in the genre film landscape with her debut “The Babadook” remaining a staple beside other modern horrors. Her second film, the shocking and intense period revenge drama “The Nightingale,” premiered at Sundance Film Festival to impressive acclaim.
Alexis Coe’s novel of obsession and heartache is an award-winning story with a synopsis as follows:
In 1892, America was obsessed with a teenage murderess, but it wasn’t her crime that shocked the nation—it was her motivation. Nineteen-year-old Alice Mitchell had planned to pass as a man in order to marry her seventeen-year-old fiancée Freda Ward, but when their love letters were discovered, they were forbidden from ever speaking again.
Freda adjusted to this fate with an ease that stunned a heartbroken Alice.
IFC Films have previously distributed Kent’s films. Amazon Studios plan to release “Alice + Freda Forever” after the piercingly magnificent “The Nightingale,” which saw an unforgettable performance out of lead actress Aisling Franciosi and Sam Claflin as a ruthless colonizer who may just be the most evil antagonist of the year. The deal was brokered by Endeavor Content. Greg Berlanti, Sidney Kimmel, Sarah Schechter and John Penotti are producing the film, with plans for a summer 2020 start to production.