Elisabeth Moss, David Tennant Drama ‘Mad to Be Normal’ Picked Up by Samuel Goldwyn Films

Story follows 1960’s psychiatrist R. D. Laing who performed controversial yet revolutionary experiments on people diagnosed as “mad”

Last Updated: September 19, 2017 @ 8:31 AM

Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired the U.S. rights to the drama “Mad to Be Normal,” starring Elisabeth Moss and David Tennant, the company announced Tuesday.

Directed by Robert Mullan, the film also stars Michael Gambon, Gabriel Byrne, David Bamber and Olivia Poulet.

Tennant (“Doctor Who”) stars as 1960’s celebrity psychiatrist R.D. Laing who revolutionized the treatment of people who were diagnosed as “mad.” Working out of Kingsley Hall in East London, he performed experiments on people, including experiments with LSD and practicing a form of self-healing known as metanoia. His methods were controversial.

Mullan co-wrote the screenplay for “Mad to Be Normal.” The film is produced by Phin Glynn, Alan Latham and Charlotte Arden,  and executive produced by Peter Dunphy, Norman Merry, Victor Glynn, Julian Hicks, Kirsty Bell, Charlie Wood, and Peter Hampden.

Moss is hot off her Emmy win for her role in Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.” On Monday, she was cast in the women’s rights drama “Call Jane.” The “Mad Men” alum will next be seen in “The Square” as well as the “Top of the Lake” TV series.

Tennant will next star in Netflix’s “Jessica Jones,” as well as “Mary Queen of Scots” and “Bad Samaritan.”

The deal was negotiated by Peter Goldwyn of Samuel Goldwyn Films and Jason Moring for DDI on behalf of the producers.