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Daisy Ridley, Naomi Watts Join "Ophelia"

5 May 2016 8:03 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" breakout star Daisy Ridley and acclaimed Australian actress Naomi Watts are in final negotiations to star in Claire McCarthy's "Ophelia" based on Lisa Klein's young-adult novel.

A new take on the "Hamlet" story, this puts the focus on the daughter of Claudius' chief advisor who falls for the Danish Prince seeking revenge on those who murdered his father. Ridley will play Ophelia, while Watts is set as Watts.

Daniel Bobker, Ehren Kruger and Sarah Curtis are producing the film which Covert Media is financing.

Source: Variety »

- Garth Franklin

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The Waiting City's Claire McCarthy snags Star Wars' Daisy Ridley as her Ophelia

4 May 2016 8:42 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

The Waiting City's Claire McCarthy has booked her next gig and it's a doozy.

Titled Ophelia, the film will be a sideways take on Hamlet's unfortunate love interest and is set to star Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Daisy Ridley, as well as Naomi Watts.

International sales will be shopped at Cannes, per Deadline, with financiers Covert Media running point.

One-time Annapurna exec Paul Hanson partnered with Media Content Capital last year to launch Covert Media, a feature production, financing and distribution outfit based in La.

Ophelia is based on the novel by Lisa Klein, adapted for the screen by Mad Men scribe Semi Chellas. Producers are Daniel Bobker, Ehren Kruger and Sarah Curtis.

The film will be set in the fourteenth century but will discard Shakespeare's original text.

.Sarah, Ehren and I have always treated this film like a jewel, since there.s something extra precious in »

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Daisy Ridley, Naomi Watts to Star in ‘Hamlet’ Re-Imagining ‘Ophelia’

4 May 2016 10:49 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Star Wars: Force Awakens” standout Daisy Ridley and Naomi Watts are in final negotiations to star in “Ophelia,” a new take on the “Hamlet” story.

Claire McCarthy is directing the project, which is an adaptation of Lisa Klein’s YA novel.

Covert Media is financing the film that’s being produced by Daniel Bobker, Ehren Kruger and Sarah Curtis. Covert is handling international rights.

CAA, which packaged and arranged the financing, will represent the movie’s U.S. rights. Domestic and international rights will be sold at this month’s Cannes Film Festival.

While Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” focused on the Danish Prince seeking revenge on those who murdered his father, this new retelling spotlight Ophelia, the daughter of Claudius’ chief advisor who falls for Hamlet. Ridley will play the title character while Watts will portray Queen Gertrude.

Ridley has been busy building a slate of films to follow the »

- Justin Kroll

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Daisy Ridley In Talks To Play Ophelia In Title Role

4 May 2016 10:42 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

(Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

Two-time Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts (Divergent series, The Impossible) and rising superstar Daisy Ridley (Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens) are in final negotiations to star in Ophelia, the highly-anticipated and dynamic reimagining of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” focusing on the untold story of Ophelia’s (Ridley) tragic romance with the prince and her relationship with his mother Queen Gertrude (Watts), it was announced today by Covert Media’s CEO Paul Hanson.

To be directed by Claire McCarthy (The Waiting City), Ophelia is based on the award winning novel by Lisa Klein and adapted for the screen by the acclaimed and award-winning writer Semi Chellas (“Mad Men,” “The Eleventh Hour”).

“Ophelia is brimming with youth-fueled charisma, exploring the nature of true love and beauty, and I’m so excited to bring this fresh mythic spin to Hamlet from a female perspective, »

- Michelle McCue

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Naomi Watts, Daisy Ridley circle 'Ophelia'

3 May 2016 8:23 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Covert Media heads to Cannes with a reimagining of Shakespeare’s Hamlet focusing on an untold story about the ill-fated woman’s romance with the Prince Of Denmark.

Ridley, who broke out with her starring role in Star War: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, will play Ophelia and Watts the mother of Hamlet, Queen Gertrude.

Covert Media led by CEO Paul Hanson will fully finance the film, which is based on the novel by Lisa Klein.

Claire McCarthy will direct from the adapted screenplay by Semi Chellas. Daniel Bobker and Ehren Kruger produce with Sarah Curtis.

CAA packaged the project and arranged financing and represents Us rights. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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This update is either great news or horrible news for ‘Star Wars’ fans

25 April 2016 5:29 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Disney just announced a bunch of updates to its movie release calendar, but they’re all untitled movies, so that leaves us to play the guessing game of which movies have been moved to which dates. Here are the changes to the studio’s release calendar, all for live action projects: Untitled Disney fairy tale (live action) previously dated on December 22, 2017 moves to July 28, 2017 Untitled Disney fairy tale (live action) now dated April 6, 2018 Untitled Disney live action now dated on August 3, 2018 Untitled Disney live action now dated on December 25, 2018 Untitled Disney fairy tale (live action) now dated on December 20, 2019 First things first: What does this mean for Star Wars? Star Wars Episode IX was at one point scheduled for May 24, 2019. Then Episode VIII got moved from May 2017 to December 2017, after the massive box office success of a Christmastime release for Force Awakens. After that release date change, Disney CEO »

- Emily Rome

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Disney Claims Dates for Several New Movies; Confirms ‘Jungle Book 2,’ ‘Mary Poppins’ Sequel

25 April 2016 2:13 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hot off the blockbuster success of “The Jungle Book,” Disney has been staking out several years worth of live action fairy tales.

In grabbing the release dates, Disney gave a peak at its development pipeline. The studio confirmed that it is planning to make “Cruella,” an “101 Dalmatians” spin-off with Emma Stone, as well as sequels to “Jungle Book” and “Maleficent.” Angelina Jolie is set to return for “Maleficent” with Linda Woolverton, the screenwriter on the first film, handling script duties. “Jungle Book” director Jon Favreau and writer Justin Marks are returning for another trip into the wild.

The company also confirmed that it is moving forward with Ava DuVernay’s adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s “A Wrinkle in Time”, “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” with director Lasse Hallstrom (“My Life as a Dog”) and writer Ashleigh Powell attached; a Tinker Bell project with Reese Witherspoon set to star »

- Brent Lang

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