EXCLUSIVE: Screen Media has acquired the North American rights to the road-trip comedy Nan moviewritten by Catherine Tate (Office) and Brett Goldstein (Ted Lasso), with plans for a theatrical release and on demand day and date in July.
The film will serve as the origin story for Joannie Taylor, aka Nan, the rude grandmother character first introduced by Tate in her award-winning BBC series, The Catherine Tate Show. It follows Nan as she sets off on a wild road trip from London to Ireland with her long-suffering grandson Jamie (Mathew Horne) to make amends with her sister Nell (Katherine Parkinson). Through a series of flashbacks, we see the younger sisters fall in love with the same handsome GI during World War II and how the aftermath of that love triangle turned Nan into the cantankerous old slut she is today. Militant vegan arsonists, Aussie rugby teams, late-night raves and crazed motorbike cops all make for a great day.
Tate plays young and old versions of Nan in the Damian Jones-produced film, which also stars Parker Sawyers, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Jack Doolan and Niky Wardley. Tate, Kieran Corrigan, Jim Reeve, Robert Halmi, Josie Rourke, Fay Davies, Norman Merry and Peter Hampden served as executive producers. Although the project is billed as a Catherine Tate film, it has no credited director.
“I’m thrilled to have Nan cross the pond and launch herself at unsuspecting audiences with her first road movie,” Tate said. “Buckle up kids, this is going to be one hell of a ride.
“Nan is such a beloved character played by the charismatic and hilarious Catherine Tate,” Screen Media said in a statement. “Screen Media looks forward to bringing this special brand of comedy to an even wider audience by releasing Nan movie in the USA.
“Hello honey,” Nan added in closing, “full disclosure, anyone easily offended should get the hell out of here now!”
Screen Media also recently acquired Renny Harlin’s action flick Mason with Aaron Eckhart and Nina Dobrev of Millennium Films, as well as Codename Bansheewith Antonio Banderas, Jaime King and Tommy Flanagan, and The locksmith, with Ryan Phillippe, Kate Bosworth and Ving Rhames. Other recent acquisitions include worldwide rights to the Bella Thorne-directed thriller Saint Clare, the good neighbor with Jonathan Rhys Meyers, the thriller The Immaculate Room with Emile Hirsch and Kate Bosworth, and the sequel to Kevin Lewis for Willy’s Wonderland, Cursed with Mena Suvari. Recent releases include the psychological horror film Monstrous with Christina Ricci, the psychological thriller Cordelia with Antonia Campbell-Hughes and Johnny Flynn, and Gigi Gaston’s 9 balls with Lena Headey and Sam Worthington.
Screen Media Ventures President David Fannon brokered the deal for Nan movie on behalf of the company, with Laura Macara, Chief Commercial Officer and Ellen Fraser, Legal Director of Great Point Media representing the filmmakers.