Adaptation of Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan acquired for theatrical distribution
November 06 2004 12:00 AM ET
Lions Gate Films has acquired North American theatrical and pay-TV distribution rights to A Good Woman, the film adaptation of Oscar Wilde's play Lady Windermere's Fan, starring Helen Hunt. A Good Woman, which had its world premiere at the recent Toronto International Film Festival, was directed by Mike Barker (To Kill a King) and written by Howard Himelstein. The film also stars Scarlett Johansson and Tom Wilkinson. Against a backdrop of New York and the Italian Riviera in the 1930s, Hunt plays a woman--with a reputation for entertaining wealthy, married men--who becomes involved in a family scandal. "Mike Barker and this cast deliver one of the best Wilde adaptations in years," said Tom Ortenberg, president of Lions Gate Films Releasing, in a statement. "The audience reaction at the Toronto premiere made me confident that this film has a winning combination of humor and drama, played out onscreen by some of the best actors working today."