NEON has taken the North American rights to the film adaptation Eileen from director William Oldroyd (Lady Macbeth), starring Thomasin McKenzie, Anne Hathaway, Shea Whigham, Marin Ireland, and Owen Teague. The film is based on the 2015 debut novel by Ottessa Moshfegh who adapted Eileen with Luke Goebel. Premiering to critical acclaim at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the film was produced by FIFTH SEASON, Likely Story’s Anthony Bregman, Stefanie Azpiazu, and Peter Cron, along with Luke Goebel and Ottessa Moshfegh’s Omniscient Productions, William Oldroyd, with backing from Film4. NEON will release the film theatrically this fall.
NEON beat out several potential buyers following the film’s premiere at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. Oldroyd’s sophomore feature was the talk of Sundance, winning both audiences and critical acclaim, with The Hollywood Reporter’s David Rooney describing Hathaway’s role as “her most commanding” yet. According to Variety’s Jessica Kiang, Hathaway and McKenzie delivered “career-high performances” and went on to hail the film as “classy, clever filmmaking, curiously exhilarating and addictive.”
Eileen is FIFTH SEASON and Likely Story’s second high-profile Sundance Film Festival sale after Apple acquired John Carney’s Flora and Son.