Oscar heavyweight Fox Searchlight Pictures is having a good week. The company has just announced that it has acquired US rights to “A Bigger Splash,” the new film from “I Am Love” director Luca Guadagnino.
The terrific international cast includes Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton — whose “Grand Budapest Hotel” should net Searchlight big wins this weekend at the Oscars — and Belgian heartthrob Matthias Schoenaerts (of “Rust and Bone”) and “50 Shades” rising star Dakota Johnson, who has been courted by the bigwigs but here makes a turn toward a small indie.
This love triangle mystery is based on Jacques Deray’s steamy 1969 French film “La Piscine” (i.e. The Pool) starring Alain Delon and Romy Schneider. Written by David Kajganich, the scribe behind 2015 Sundance crime drama “True Story,” and produced by Michael Costigan and Guadagnino, the film is slated for 2015 release. Here’s the synopsis:
In “A Bigger Splash,” the lives of a high profile couple, a famous rock star and a filmmaker (Matthias Schoenaerts and Tilda Swinton), vacationing and recovering on the idyllic sun-drenched and remote Italian island of Pantelleria are disrupted by the unexpected visit of an old friend and his daughter (Ralph Fiennes and Dakota Johnson) – creating a whirlwind of jealousy, passion and ultimate danger for everyone involved.
The film is fully financed by Studiocanal who will distribute the film in its territories, France, UK, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, and is handling international sales.