Signature Entertainment secured UK and Irish rights to “Bookworm”

The film, starring Elijah Wood and directed by Ant Timpson, is produced by Firefly Films New Zealand and Nowhere.

20 MAY 2024

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Signature Entertainment has picked up UK and Irish rights to Bookworm, the latest film from New Zealander filmmaker Ant Timpson (“Come to Daddy”) starring Elijah Wood, as reported by Deadline. Described as an adventure comedy, the film is produced by Firefly Films New Zealand (Emma Slade, Roxi Bull and Victoria Dabbs) and Nowhere (Mette-Marie Kongsved and Laura Tunstall).

The deal was negotiated between Signature Entertainment’s Chief Commercial Officer Elizabeth Williams and Mister Smith Entertainment CEO David Garrett. “Having proudly released Ant Timpson and Elijah Wood’s last brilliant collaboration 'Come to Daddy', we’re extremely pleased to work with our partners at Mister Smith to bring the charming 'Bookworm' to UK and Irish audiences,” Williams said.

David Garrett added: “We’re thrilled as ever to be working with our friends at Signature on 'Bookworm'. Ant has created something epic, funny, and heart-warming that we are sure will delight families and fans alike.”

Ant Timpson directs the film with a screenplay he co-wrote with Toby Harvard (“The Greasy Strangler”). Besides Elijah Wood, the production stars Michael Smiley (“Free Fire”), Nell Fisher (“Evil Dead Rise”), Morgana O’Reilly (“Housebound”), and Nikki Si’ulepa (“Same But Different: A True New Zealand Love Story”). The story follows a 12-year-old whose life is turned upside down when her estranged, washed-up American magician father comes to look after her.