Paramount has acquired rights for distribution of the period fantasy adventure “The Moon and the Sun” slotting it for an April 2015 release. Members of the ensemble cast are Pierce Brosnan as King Louis XIV, Kaya Scodelario as Marie-Josèphe, Benjamin Walker as Yves De La Croix, William Hurt and Fan Bingbing. Read on to learn more about the scoop.
According to Deadline, Paramount has claimed legal rights for distribution of action-adventure fantasy film. It is based on the 1997 historical novel of the same name by Vonda N. McIntyre.
The story combines two major genres: science fiction and historical romance, set in 17th century France, “The Moon and the Sun” follows King Louis XIV’s (Pierce Brosnan) “quest for immortality.” The royal king wanted to capture and steal a mermaid’s life force, a move that is further complicated by his illegitimate daughter’s discovery and befriending of the creature.
The novel has won the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1997, beating out A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin. It was inspired by the short story “The Natural History and Extinction of the People of the Sea”, also by McIntyre, which was illustrated by fellow author Ursula K. Le Guin.
“The Moon and the Sun” is directed by Sean McNamara and written by Ronald Bass, Barry Berman, Laura Harrington, Bill Mechanic and James Schamus. It is produced by Pandemonium Films’ Bill Mechanic alongside Hong Pang, Wei Han, Paul Currie, McNamara, and David Brookwell.
Screenplay is penned by scribe Laura Harrington with revisions from Mechanic, Berman, Harrington, Schamus and Ron Bass. Good Universe was tapped to handle international sales.
Principal photography began on early April 2014 in Versailles, France with the production ensuing on April 23 in Melbourne, Australia, two weeks after the shoot in France. Shooting for the film wrapped-up by the end of May 2014.
Paramount Pictures will release the film on April 10, 2015 facing off against Fox’s Nicholas Sparks adaptation “The Longest Ride.”
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