My Old Lady has a brand new distributor, a brand new backer and a new cast member. NYC-based Cohen Media Group has picked up all U.S. and Canadian rights to the comedy-drama directed and adapted by Israel Horovitz from his play of the same name. CMG EVP Gary Rubin and Cinetic Media’s John Sloss and Steven Farneth negotiated the distribution deal on behalf of the producers. Distributed internationally by Protagonist Pictures, the film now has the unspecified financial backing of BBC Films, it was also announced Friday. Rachael Horovitz and Gary Foster are producing with Nitsa Benchetrit and David Barrot. Co-producing in Paris are David Atrakchi, Boris Mendza and Gael Cabouat for Fulldawa Films. Charles Cohen and Daniel Battsek will executive produce for CMG while BBC Films’ Joe Oppenheimer and Christine Langan will executive produce for BBC Films. And rounding out the My Old Lady news, Kristin Scott Thomas has joined Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline, and Dominique Pinon in the movie. Kline plays a down-and-out New Yorker who travels to Paris to liquidate a huge apartment he’s inherited. But when he gets there, he learns he can’t take possession of the apartment until the old woman who’s living in it dies. Taking up the role that Jane Birkin was originally set in, Scott Thomas will play Chloe, the daughter of Smith’s Mathilde character. My Old Lady starts shooting in Paris later this month. Kristin Scott Thomas is repped by CAA and by Independent Talent Group in the UK.
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