Macdonald begins How I Live Now
by Naman Ramachandran
26/06/2012 - BAFTA, Oscar and BIFA winning director Kevin Macdonald (pictured) has commenced an eight-week shoot at England and Wales locations for How I Live Now, a screen adaptation of Megan Rosoff’s eponymous multi-award winning young adult novel.
The cast includes Saoirse Ronan (Atonement [trailer]) and George MacKay (The Boys Are Back [trailer]). Jeremy Brock (The Eagle) Tony Grisoni (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas), and Penelope Skinner (television’s Fresh Meat) have written the screenplay.
Daisy (Ronan), a teenager from New York, is sent to the English countryside for the summer to stay with cousins. She soon immerses herself in a dreamy pastoral idyll as she falls madly in love with Eddie (MacKay), until their perfect summer is blown apart by the sudden outbreak of a world war.
Kevin Macdonald said, “How I live Now is a book that captivated me as soon as I read it 5 or 6 years ago, with its combination of humour, teen romance and dystopia. I think that with the tremendous young cast we have managed to assemble - centred around the brilliant Saoirse Ronan - we can do the book justice - and more.”
Produced by Charles Steel and Alasdair Flind of Cowboy Films and Andrew Ruhemann and John Battsek of Passion Pictures, the film is co-developed by Film4 and the UK Film Council and co-financed by Film4 and BFI Film Fund. Momentum Pictures will distribute in the UK, with Protagonist Pictures selling internationally. Deals are already in place with Alliance Films for Canada, TF1 for France, Madman for Australia/New Zealand, Impuls in Switzerland, Lusomundo in Portugal, Front Row for the Middle East, Carmen for CIS and Ablo for Eastern Europe.