The campy comedy-thriller marks the first film directed by the actress, who is the wife of U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin
Louise Linton’s new film Me You Madness has landed a home at STXfilms and Highland Film Group.
The campy comedy-thriller marks the feature directorial debut of Linton, an actress and the wife of U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
STX has acquired U.S. rights to Me You Madness, while Highland will introduce the title to foreign buyers at next week’s virtual American Film Market.
In addition to writing and directing, Linton stars in the film as a beautiful, ruthlessly ambitious, intelligent and successful businesswoman who lives a life of luxury in Malibu. She has no need for a man except to satisfy her natural serial killer instinct, literally. When Tyler (Ed Westwick), a petty thief, responds to her online roommate ad, he thinks he’s struck gold. He has no idea that after a night of partying and passion, he is really just on her menu to be her next victim until real romance gets in the way.
“Louise is an amazing talent and can really do it all. She has created a crazy, funny, electrifying story that ticks all the boxes for our international partners. It’s glamorous, irreverent, romantic and full of lip-smacking thrills. We could not have wished for more,” said Highland CEO Arianne Fraser, who runs the production, sales and financing company with Delphine Perrier.
Added Linton: “Thanks to my killer crew and cast, the movie is every bit the playful ’80s homage I dreamed of when I wrote it. It was a joyful set, even under pressure.”
Several years ago, Linton made headlines, although not for her acting or filmmaking ambitions. In August 2017, she came under criticism for a social media post tagged with the names of designers she was wearing when she and her husband traveled to Fort Knox. The following month, Linton, in elbow-length black gloves, posed with her husband at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, holding a sheet of freshly printed dollar bills. The photo went viral.
Linton and Mnuchin’s Washington future hangs in the balance as the presidential election remains too close to call (Mnuchin is an appointee of President Trump). Still, Linton has been spending a greater amount of time in Los Angeles and even attended last year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Linton’s Me You Madness co-star Westwick had been accused by three women of sexual assault in 2017, stemming from alleged incidents in 2014. The actor has denied the claims and the Los Angeles District Attorney said in 2018 that there wasn’t enough evidence to pursue charges.
Linton and Kristen Ruhlin produced Me You Madness via their Stormchaser Films banner.
STXfilm is planning a mid-February VOD release. Endeavor Content repped domestic rights.
By Pamela McClintock, The Hollywood Reporter