A new funding company with a great acronym, Outsource Media Group, has bought all North American rights to the Mike Newell’s “Great Expectations” in advance of its world premiere tonight at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The film stars Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Jeremy Irvine, and Holliday Grainger. OMG, which provides print and advertising financing, will partner with a distributor to handle this title and others. “Great Expectations” is OMG’s first acquisition.
You probably don’t need the synopsis for the Charles Dickens’ classic, but here’s a refresher:
Directed by Mike Newell, GREAT EXPECTATIONS is a retelling of the classic and beloved Charles Dickens story of the young orphan Pip, who is given a chance to rise from his humble beginnings thanks to a mysterious benefactor. Moving through London’s class-ridden world as a gentleman, Pip uses his newfound position to pursue the beautiful Estella, a spoilt heiress he’s loved since childhood. Yet the shocking truth behind his great fortune will have devastating consequences for everything he holds dear.
Financers for the film included Louisville-based Hart/Lunsford Pictures and New York’s Unison Films. Other backers included BBC Films, the BFI Film Fund and Lipsync Productions. Hanway World Sales is handling international sales.