Lesley Manville, Liam Neeson Romance ‘Normal People’ Acquired By Bleecker Street

Indie distributor picks up U.S. rights to Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn’s third film

Last Updated: December 3, 2018 @ 12:29 PM

Bleecker Street has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to “Normal People,” a romance starring Lesley Manville and Liam Neeson.

Directed by Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn (“Cherrybomb”), the film follows as an everyday couple with an extraordinary love, who must find the humor and grace to face a year of adversity.

“This is such a beautiful story of love and commitment as portrayed between two of the world’s most talented actors,” said Bleecker Street CEO Andrew Karpen. “It’s magical to watch as they find strength and an ever-deepening connection.”

Shot in Northern Ireland, the film is slated to be released in 2019. Owen McCafferty wrote the screenplay for the film, which is produced by Brian J. Falconer, David Holmes and Piers Tempest. Executive producers are Natascha Wharton for the BFI, Stephen Kelliher for Bankside Films, Jo Bamford for Tempo Productions, Phil Hunt and Compton Ross for
Head Gear Films/Metrol Technology and Mark Huffam.

The deal was negotiated between Kent Sanderson and Camille Bertrand on behalf of Bleecker Street with CAA Media Finance and Bankside Films on behalf of the filmmakers.