Focus Features has been instrumental in putting out some of the more out of the box and memorable films to have come down the pike over the last twenty years or so: Brokeback Mountain, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Milk, The Constant Gardner, Gosford Park, 21 Grams, Hollywoodland, Traffic and Away We Go are but a handful of the production house’s many cinematic gems. Not content to rest on its laurels, the enterprising studio has just added one more potential feather in its cap with their eight figure purchase of the period film Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris.
Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris is based off of the novel of the semi-same name (the actual title as originally published is Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris) by author Paul Gallico and is about the misadventures of a widowed cleaning woman called Ada Harris who becomes so enamored with her employer’s uber-couture fashion sense that she amscray’s to the enchanted world of Paris with but a single goal in mind: To drop in on the celebrated House of Dior to buy an exquisite evening gown all her own.
Deadline reported today that the Anthony Fabian directed film was scooped up by Focus Features which would entitle it to world rights for the film that is based off of the popular novel (which is but one of four books in the series by author Gallico). The film stars Lesley Manville (Let Him Go), Jason Isaacs (A Cure for Wellness), Isabelle Huppert (The Piano Teacher), Lambert Wilson (The Matrix Reloaded), Rose Williams (A Quiet Passion), Alba Baptista (Leviano) and Lucas Bravo (Smart Ass).
Always quick on the draw to issue a press release, Focus Features President of Production & Acquisitions (say it ten times fast; I dare you) Kisha Higgs said that “Anthony transports the audience to the nostalgia and glamour of 1950s London and Paris, and the timeless fantasy of Dior haute couture, offering both Mrs. Harris and us a welcome escape from our day-to-day lives. We are overjoyed to collaborate again with the brilliant Lesley Manville and Isabelle Huppert, who fill the screen with poignance and verve.”Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris (no relation to Ernest Goes to Camp, we presume) was made in partnership with the vaunted House of Dior and has actually seen two other adaptations since the novel’s release in ’58. The film is currently in post-production and has yet to announce a theatric