“The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” Sells Out Internationally
Myriad Pictures has closed sales in most international territories for “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her,” starring Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy.
The deals for the two-part film, which explores the relationship from the separate points of view of a couple working through a rough patch in their relationship, were closed following screenings at the American Film Market.
William Hurt, Ciaran Hands, Bill Hader, Jess Wexler and Viola Davis also star. Ned Benson directed both films from his own script.
“Eleanor Rigby” was first unveiled at Berlin last year with Chastain and Joel Edgerton signed on to star. McAvoy replaced Edgerton last year.
Myriad closed new deals with Prokino for Germany and Austria, Imagine for Benelux, Ster-Kinekor for South Africa, Praesens for Switzerland, Seven Films for Greece, Discovery for former Yugoslavia, HGC for China, and Mono Generation for Thailand. Myriad is also fielding offers for Japan, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe.
The Weinstein Co. acquired all North American rights, the UK and France at Toronto. TWC is planning a theatrical release in the US for 2014.
Previous deals for “Rigby” include Wanda Vision for Spain, Koch Media for Italy, Swen for Latin America, and Transmission for Australia.
Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy talk “Eleanor Rigby”
Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy discuss The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby at the Toronto Film Festival. Video courtesy of Variety Studio.
TIFF Review: “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him & Her”
One of the first reviews for The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him & Her has been posted online by The Playlist, and you can read an extract below, and the full thing here. Now all we need is a release date!
The story revolves around a couple who have been together for 7 years; Connor (James McAvoy) is a 33-year-old bar-owner and Eleanor (Chastain) is struggling with unhappiness and needs a change. One day, she decides to start from scratch and disappear from Connor’s life, asking him not to contact her nor to try and find her. In “Him”, we follow Connor as he talks to his friends (including his chef played by the priceless Bill Hader) and his father (Ciaran Hinds, in a very nuanced and endearing performance), trying to understand the situation and dealing with such an impactful change in his life. In “Her” we see some of the same events that transpired in “Him” but from Eleanor’s vantage point, as she attempts to make some kind of meaningful change in her life with the help of her family (William Hurt and Isabelle Huppert are her parents and Weixler is her sister) and her teacher (Viola Davis, in easily her best role since “The Help“). How do you move on? Where does “you” stop and “us” begin? Can a person truly change? These questions and more percolate in Benson’s epic story of love, life, loss, happiness and family.
Perhaps it sounds all a bit too Hallmark (to use one of the characters phrases), and in the hands of some of other less talented artists these kinds of stories can nosedive straight into the territory of some bad made-for-cable Lifetime movie. But Benson’s multi-layered, organically paced, delicate and quite often hilarious screenplay holds it all together with wit and brio. He was also fortunate enough to land a perfect ensemble cast. McAvoy has never been better; obviously comfortable with the role and completely understanding of Connor’s confusion, he looks relaxed and is inherently likable from the very first frame. Chastain’s Eleanor is cold and distant compared to Connor, but as the delicate actress that she is, she gives all of herself and delivers another highly nuanced, human character. The rest of the supporting cast, including the perfect fathers Hinds and Hurt, the wine-drinking Huppert going through a “quiet crisis” and the cynically hilarious and gentle soul that is Viola Davis all just add to the overall strength of the film.
First Look: The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her
It was announced this morning that The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her would be premiereing at the Toronto International Film Festival later on this year, and now the first official picture has finally arrived online. It’s only LQ, but as soon as a high-quality pic is released I’ll add it to the gallery. I cannot wait for these films!
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First Stills from “Eleanor Rigby”
The first batch of stills from The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers have appeared online at the production designer’s official site. There aren’t any larger/HQ versions yet, but once they do they will be added to the gallery. Make sure you check both pages out to see the full set of stills.
Update: Images and details removed by request of the filmmakers
“The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” starts filming next week
It is being reported that The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is set to start filming in NYC next week, as James and co-star Jessica Chastain have been spotted preparing for the double-feature film:
According to a post on Yahoo from one of the film’s location scouts, it looks like a portion of the movie will be shot in Nassau County, NY in August too.
These must be in Nassau County. For feature film, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, eight days in August, they’re looking for a colonial farmhouse, country, medium – large size, not a mansion. Reasonable property size.
Another post on Twitter indicates the movie will film scenes on the Brooklyn Bridge next week.
@RevRickshaws: RR has been hired by a production crew to help film next week a scene on the Manhattan Bridge for this film
We’ve also heard they will be spend some time filming in the East Village of NYC at some point.
James Joins “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby”
James McAvoy is set to join Jessica Chastain in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, as one side of a love story told from two perspectives.
The film follows the story of a married New York City couple dealing with an emotional and life-altering experience. The twist is that it is told from two perspectives, therefore in two separate movies. One side is that of the husband, a restaurant owner, played by McAvoy and the other of the wife who goes back to college, played by Chastain.
This rare double feature project from Myriad Pictures will be entitled The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers. Both scripts were written by Ned Benson (In Defiance of Gravity) and will be produced by Cassandra Kulukundis (There Will Be Blood, Shattered Glass).
Myriad CEO Kirk D’Amico said both films will be made to stand alone, but having both will make for a fuller look at the couple. Adding to this, he said that the possibility to now make a double feature was because of the changing ways that audiences consume movies. The script was presented to buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin earlier this year and is now being pre-sold at Cannes.
This will surely be a unique and in-depth look into the life of a married New York couple and with talents such as James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain, who most recently received an Oscar nomination for her performance in The Help, the film is already setting out to be a success.
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