Those who seek for "Atonement" can next reach for it in U.S after U.K for Focus Features has obtained the theatrical rights to distribute the Working Title Films' production in the States. Planned to be released next year with Joe Wright at helm and Keira Knightley in the cast, the picture therefore is another feature getting under both Working Title and Focus' wings after "Pride and Prejudice" (2005), which was the first project Wright and Knightley worked together in.
Also starred by Vanessa Redgrave, Emily Watson, and James McAvoy, "Atonement" relies on Christopher Hampton to pen the scripts adapted from Ian McEwan's acclaimed novel of the same title.
Staying true to the book, the film's story revolves around a teenage girl named Briony who falsely accuses her older sister's boyfriend of committing an assault to her cousin. It then follows Briony's efforts to atone for her actions from mid '30s through WWII up to the end of the 20th century.