ErosSTX Global Corporation announced today that STXfilms has closed the rights for an English-language remake of the hit French thriller My Son, to star James McAvoy and Claire Foy. The film will be directed by Christian Carion, who also directed the French film.
The announcement was made today by Adam Fogelson, chairman, STXfilms Motion Picture Group.
In My Son, when a man’s (McAvoy) only son goes missing, he travels to the town where his ex-wife (Foy) lives in search of answers. To play a man whose life is clouded by mystery, McAvoy will not be given a script or dialogue — as was the case in the French film — the character will only be aware of basic aspects of his story, and will have to improvise and react to each moment as it unfolds.
The rest of the cast and crew will be aware of the scenes. Carion directed his original film the same way with his lead star improvising the role.
The film will begin production in early November in Scotland. The film will be produced by Carion, Laure Irrman for Une Hirondelle, Vincent Maraval and Brahim Chioua for Wild Bunch International, Rebecca O’Brien for Sixteen Films, and Marc Butan for Mad River Pictures.
STX has closed the rights to distribute the film in North America, UK, Italy, Benelux, Latin America, Spain, Australia, and China. Mad River International represents the film’s foreign rights.
“We’re thrilled to be working with Christian to create My Son for worldwide audiences. James will be doing the detective work of the film in real time, on camera, to create real tension for this thriller,” Fogelson said.
“We like to support bold and innovative storytelling like My Son, and Claire could not be a more spectacular or exciting choice for this film which is certain to thrill audiences.”
James McAvoy is a Golden Globe-nominated and BAFTA Award-winning actor whose film credits include the X-Men franchise, Split and Atonement.
Most recently, he can be seen as Lord Asriel in BBC/HBO’s His Dark Materials.
Claire Foy was honored with a Golden Globe and an Emmy Award for her portrayal of the young Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown.
She will next star opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in Louis Wain, a biopic of the English artist.
Christian Carion was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film for his work on Joyeux Noel, focusing on the unofficial Christmas Day truce during WWI.