In a competitive situation, Saban Films has nabbed North American rights to Craig William Macneill’s Lizzie, starring Academy Award Nominee Chloë Sevigny (Boys Don’t Cry) as the renowned accused murderess Lizzie Borden and Kristen Stewart (The Twilight Saga), Bloody Disgusting learned.
Fred Topel reviewed the racy period drama, which just made its World Premiere In-Competition at the Sundance Film Festival, explaining that this take on the Lizzie Borden murders “posits a sympathetic motive to Borden’s axe murders.”
Written by Bryce Kass and based on the unsolved, much-speculated-about murders of the Borden parents, “Lizzie explores the inner workings of the Borden household leading up to the murders and their immediate aftermath and reveals many layers of the strange, fragile woman who stood accused of the brutal crime. As an unmarried woman of 32, Lizzie (Sevigny) is a social outcast trapped under her father’s austere and domineering control. When Bridget Sullivan (Stewart), a young maid desperate for work, comes to live with the family, Lizzie finds a sympathetic, kindred spirit, and a chance intimacy that blossoms into a wicked plan, and a dark, unsettling end.”
The film is rounded out by a star-studded cast including Kim Dickens (Gone Girl, “Fear the Walking Dead”), Denis O’Hare (Dallas Buyers Club, “American Horror Story”), Jeff Perry (“Scandal”), Fiona Shaw (Harry Potter), and Jamey Sheridan (Spotlight, “Homeland”).
Saban Films is planning a theatrical release in partnership with Roadside Attractions this summer.
It was produced by Sevigny, Naomi Despres and Liz Destro. The film was executive produced by Elizabeth Stillwell, Roxanne Fie Anderson, and Edward J. Anderson of Powder Hound Pictures.