Daniel Radcliffe received a huge vote of confidence from Entertainment One Films Tuesday when the company picked up worldwide rights to the actor’s next film, “The F Word.” Perhaps reacting to the recent success of “The Woman in Black,” which grossed a surprising $128 million globally earlier this year, the company is banking on Radcliffe’s continued post-Harry Potter appeal around the world.
eOne is only distributing “The F Word” in the U.K. and Canada; UTA and Jamie Feldman will sell U.S. rights. eOne will sell rights in the rest of the world.
A romantic comedy, “The F Word” stars Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan as young people who have an immediate connection when they meet at a party but are forced into a friendship dynamic because of her long-term relationship with another guy. “Goon” director Mike Dowse is helming from Elan Mastai’s original screenplay. David Gross is producing and Jesse Shapira is an executive producer.
The film is scheduled to begin production this summer.
eOne notes that the acquisition is part of a growth strategy that involves the expansion of its international sales division and a move toward more mainstream films.
“‘The F Word’ is a romantic coming-of-age comedy that will resonate with audiences across the globe,” said eOne managing director Sally Caplan. “Daniel Radcliffe is a gifted actor with a committed fan base. As we continue to grow our division, it’s our ideal scenario: talented young filmmakers, brilliant lead and huge international appeal.”
eOne Films International recently sold rights to the films “The Hunter,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Incendies” and “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”