Variety is exclusively reporting that Bleecker Street have acquired the U.S distribution rights for the film adaptation of Suzanne Allain’s novel Mr. Malcolm’s List which will star Freida Pinto, Constance Wu, Sope Dirisu, Sam Heughan and Oliver Jackson-Cohen.
The romantic comedy will focus Julia (Constance Wu), a society lady jilted by London’s most eligible bachelor Mr. Malcolm (Sope Dirisu), when she fails to meet one of the items on his list of requirements for a bride. Feeling shunned and humiliated, she enlists her friend Selina (Freida Pinto) to help her take revenge on Mr. Malcolm by tricking him into thinking he has found his perfect match. The plan appears to be working when Henry (Sam Heughan) threatens Julia’s scheme by courting Selina for himself. Their scheme is further upended by the meddling of the bumbling Lord Cassidy (Oliver Jackson-Cohen).
The film is being directed by Emma Holly Jones, who also helmed the short film adaptation of Suzanne Allain’s novel, which also starred Sope Dirisu, Freida Pinto and Oliver Jackson-Cohen, as well as Gemma Chan, Divian Ladwa and Sianad Gregory. Untitled Entertainment’s Laura Rister, Rebelle Media’s Laura Lewis, Blinder Films’ Katie Holly and Emma Holly Jones will be serving as producers, while Constance Wu, Freida Pinto and Refinery29 will serve as executive producers.
Andrew Karpen, CEO of Bleecker Street, released a statement saying:
Emma has built upon the brilliance of her short film to create a period romance for all ages. We are proud to be part of the team to bring her feature to life and look forward to releasing it in 2022.
Emma Holly Jones released a statement adding:
I’m thrilled to have the support of Bleecker Street for a movie like this, especially now. It all feels like a dream of mine to be making a film with such an extraordinary cast and truly collaborative partners.
Mr. Malcolm’s List is scheduled to commence production in Ireland in spring next year.