The screen adaptation of Chekhov’s The Seagull, directed by Tony winner Michael Mayer, has been picked up by Sony Pictures Classics. The film stars Annette Bening, Saoirse Ronan, Elisabeth Moss, and Corey Stoll.
According to Deadline, Sony Pictures Classics will hold the rights in North America and various markets around the world, with Hyde Park International taking the remaining international rights.
The motion picture, which was filmed in 2015 in New York, will be released in 2018. It features a script by Stephen Karam, who won a Tony last year for his play The Humans. The playwright also adapted another Chekhov play: The Cherry Orchard, which played Broadway last year as well.
Ronan and Bening take on the central roles of aspiring actor Nina and the fading Arkadina, with Tony nominee and Emmy winner Moss as Masha, Stoll as Trigorin, Mare Winningham as Polina, and Brian Dennehy as Sorin.