Independent Entertainment, the production and sales banner behind last year’s My Cop , starring Harry Styles, boarded This Modern Love ), a romantic comedy based on a play by Matt Jones (The Split) and Bloc Party’s Kele OkerekeLeave to Remain Four Weddings and a Funeral Director Mike Newell will serve as executive producer.
Okereke’s story takes place between London and Provincetown, USA, This Modern Love – also the name of a Bloc Party song – — is a culture-clash comedy about two soon-to-be-married gay men who suddenly have to deal with family disturbances during a goodwill trip before their wedding. Independent Entertainment will fund the development of the project.
This project was acquired by Jordan Allwood, Sales and Acquisitions Manager at Independent. PaperEpic’s Ryan Bennett will produce alongside Independent’s Luc Roeg and Cora Palfrey. Newell will serve as executive producer, Jones will adapt for the screen and Rose Theater’s Christopher Haydon will serve as director. Haydn is best known for his BFI-backed film Martha. Leave to Remain was originally staged at the Lyric Theater in London.
and Coke. The story is warm, touching, and hilarious; capturing all the optimism and nuance of modern love,” said Roeg and Palfrey of Independent Entertainment.
Bennett of PaperEpic added: “The whole team is very happy has support from Independent Entertainment to bring this hopeful, poignant and deeply personal story about obstacles to love and happiness to the big screen. “
This Modern Love will feature an original score by Okereke, but unlike the stage production, it will not be a musical.
Okereke is represented by The Soho Agency and Big Life Management. Jones and Haydon are represented by The Agency.