Bill Nighy is having a moment in as unlikely of a time as 2020.
The critically applauded Nighy, whose acting wares can be seen in such highly-regarded films as Emma, The Kindness of Strangers, Valkyrie, Notes on a Scandal and The Constant Gardner, stars in the upcoming Oliver Hermanus (The Endless River) directed film Living.
Living is a period piece set in the London of 1952. It sets its gaze upon a longtime civil servant named William (played by Nighy), who has become but a mere cog in the red tape and paperwork involved in rebuilding England after World War Two. As the never-ending bureaucratic ins and outs of reconstruction piles up high in his work file, William discovers he has but seven months left to live. This finite expiration date thrust upon him, Nighy sets out on a personal journey to discover what meaning there is in his life before it finally and irrevocably slips away from him.
The Nighy tour de force part in Living has inspired nothing short of a buzz in the entertainment industry even prior to actual production of the movie itself, which isn’t set to go before the cameras in the U.K. until the spring of 2021. The already early talk of Oscars for Life was capped off by the news today from our pen-pals over at The Hollywood Reporter that major production house Lionsgate (The Hunger Games, American Psycho, Irreversible) has taken the United Kingdom rights to the film.
Life is being produced by Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen of Number 9 Films and was written by Kazuo Ishiguro who himself adapted the story from the classic Akira Kurosawa yarn Ikiru.
The acquisition of Life by Lionsgate marks an important milestone for the production house: It is the first film snatched up by Lionsgate in the region since UK acquisitions was folded into the global acquisitions team which is tended to by Jason Constatine, the president of acquisitions and co-productions for the erstwhile studio. Constatine announced the landing of Life by Lionsgate, saying that “Lionsgate is continuing its longstanding commitment to acquiring the best of British cinema and bringing the highest caliber entertainment to U.K. audiences. We are thrilled for Lionsgate U.K. to be continuing our relationship with Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen on another outstanding film.”
Look for more about Life as updates rolls into Vents.