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Toni Collette has nabbed the rights to Graeme Simsion’s novel and screenplay for “The Best of Adam Sharp,” Deadline reports. The romance marks Collette’s first project under her newly-launched production company with Jen Turner, Vocab Films.
Published earlier this year, “The Best of Adam Sharp” centers on an unhappily married man who’s nearing 50. Adam “can’t quite forget a romance he had 20 years ago with an intelligent and strong-willed woman named Angelina Brown who taught him what it meant to find — and then lose — love,” Deadline summarizes. “He wonders how different his life would be if he hadn’t let her go. Out of the blue, he gets a one word email from Angelina. He responds and his life takes a significant turn.”
Golden Globe and Emmy winner Collette would take on the role of Angelina. She previously served as a co-executive producer on “United States of Tara,” a Showtime series she also starred in about a woman with dissociative identity disorder. The show was created by “Juno” screenwriter Diablo Cody and ran from 2009–2011.
“I’ve recently realized that I really am a feminist,” Collette said in 2013. “For years people would say to me, ‘You are! You are! You really are!’ And I’d say, ‘No, I’m not. I’m a humanist. I think it’s sexist to say I’m a feminist.’ Now, I see a great imbalance not only in my industry, but also in the world at large. I want to change it,” she explained.
- Laura Berger
MaryAnn’s quick take… There’s stuff in this spy thriller that’s fresh, and lots that’s familiar, but Noomi Rapace using her brains and brawn to fight bad guys is a genuine thrill. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for stories women; love a good spy movie
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
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Is “unlock” genuine spook-speak, like the way it’s used in Unlocked: to get useful information out of a suspect during an interrogation? It makes sense, but who knows. Does the CIA actually have agents working as “community embeds,” as Noomi Rapace’s Alice Racine is as Unlocked opens? Cuz that would be authentically insidious: she seems to be a kindly public advocate in a poor London neighborhood, the sort of person you might go to if you were having trouble with your landlord or something, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Jacqueline Bisset has signed on to topline “Journey to Miyakojima,” Variety reports. Scheduled to begin shooting this October in Japan, the family drama centers on “a quietly ailing” family matriarch and NBA team owner who hopes to “reunite her shattered family at a serene island off the coast of Okinawa, thousands of miles away from home,” the source summarizes. She convinces her granddaughter, who suffers from an eating disorder that’s getting increasingly serious, to stay at a guesthouse on the island, “where its beauty, a chance meeting with a treasure hunter, and a century-old shipwreck heal their wounds.”
The 2015 Lily Tomlin-starrer “Grandma” also explored the relationship between a grandmother and her in-crisis granddaughter. “The Americans’” Julia Garner portrayed a teenager dealing with an unplanned pregnancy.
“Journey to Miyakojima’s” cast includes Eriko Takeda (“Venus and Apollo”) and Mari Natsuki (“It’s Not That I Can’t Get Married, I Just Don’t Do It”). Slony Sow (“Parisiennes”) is writing and directing the drama.
Jacqueline Bisset to Star in “Journey to Miyakojima” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
Catherine Hardwicke: Tiff/YouTube
Fantasy fans, rejoice. Maggie Stiefvater’s best-selling four-book series “The Raven Cycle” is being adapted for TV, and Catherine Hardwicke has signed on to helm the pilot and serve as an executive producer, Birth.Movies.Death. reports.
According to Publishers Marketplace, the story follows “four private school boys and a psychic’s daughter who quest for a sleeping king of Welsh legend in the mountains of Virginia, uncovering ancient magic, powerful dreams, and the devils in themselves.” The first installment of “The Raven Cycle” was published in 2012, and the final book hit shelves in 2016.
Another upcoming adaptation of a woman-penned fantasy novel we’re keeping an eye on is “Maresi.” The award-winning Ya title was written by Finnish author Maria Turtschaninoff, and the film rights to the book have been optioned by Film4, the London-based company behind Andrea Arnold’s “American Honey.”
“Miss You Already,” “Twilight,” and “Thirteen” are among Hardwicke’s credits. She helmed the music video for “Til It Happens to You,” the Oscar-nominated Lady Gaga and Diane Warren song featured in 2015 documentary “The Hunting Ground.” The film investigates the ubiquity of sexual assault on U.S. campuses and the rape culture within those institutions that denies survivors justice.
“The Raven Cycle” Gets Pilot Order, Catherine Hardwicke to Direct was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
Catherine Hardwicke: Tiff/YouTube
The original film sees protagonist Laura (Stephanie Sigman) enter the Miss Baja beauty pageant. “During rehearsals, she witnesses a gang killing DEA agents and nightclub-goers and is then kidnapped by the gang and forced to work for them in the deadly drug war,” THR summarizes. “Miss Bala” premiered at Cannes in the Un Certain Regard competition and was Mexico’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars.
The remake will center on Gloria Meyer, “who finds herself a pawn, after her friend Suzu goes missing in Tijuana, in a dangerous game being played by the CIA, the DEA and a charismatic young crime boss,” the source details. Deadline reports that “Jane the Virgin” star Gina Rodriguez is one of the actresses being pursued to play Gloria.
“The truth is, most of those female stories that are contending for Oscars are directed by men. Let’s be honest,” Hardwicke has said about the films that generate awards buzz. “All the ones that were getting an Oscar pitch with the money and everything behind them were by men.”
Hardwicke’s “Twilight” earned $383 million worldwide on a budget of $37 million. It still holds the record of the highest opening weekend for a female director. “Miss You Already,” “Red Riding Hood,” and “Thirteen” are among her other films. Hardwicke is attached to direct the big screen adaptation of Ya novel “Stargirl” toplined by Joey King (“Fargo”).
Catherine Hardwicke Set to Direct “Miss Bala” Remake for Sony was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
Author: Zehra Phelan
Twilight and Miss You Already director Catherine Hardwicke is currently in talks to take the helm on the Sony Pictures remake of the Mexican film, Miss Bala. The 2011 crime drama centred around a Beauty Pageant contestant who accidentally becomes embroiled with a vicious gang after witnessing a number of brutal murders.
It has also been reported that Sony have also singled out Jane the Virgin star, Gina Rodriquez, as the frontrunner as the lead protagonist in a race against time to keep Hardwicke firmly attached to the venture. The director is also currently being linked to TriStar production The Phantom Booth meaning Sony are under pressure to secure the services of a star for Miss Bala to stop Hardwicke going elsewhere.
Back in 2011, the year in which the original was released, Miss Bala premiered at Un Certain Regard section »
- Zehra Phelan
“Twilight” director Catherine Hardwicke is set to helm the Sony remake of “Miss Bala,” as reported by Deadline. According to the site, “Jane the Virgin” star Gina Rodriguez is the front-runner to topline the film about a beauty pageant contestant who witnesses various drug-related crimes and is dragged into the gang’s dangerous business.
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The original drama premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. and was Mexico’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film for the 84th Academy Awards. It was directed by Mexican filmmaker Gerardo Naranjo, who also co-wrote it alongside Mauricio Katz. “Spectre” actress Stephanie Sigman starred as the lead role.
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The script for the English-language remake is »
- Yoselin Acevedo
The film is an adaptation of the Mexican entry for best foreign-language film at the 84th Academy Awards in 2011. It centers on a woman named Laura Guerrero who, along with her friend, enters a Miss Baja beauty pageant. She witnesses during rehearsals a gang killing Drug Enforcement Administration agents and nightclub-goers, which turns her life upside down. She’s then kidnapped by the men and forced to work for them in the deadly drug war.
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- Justin Kroll
Head of production Chris Simon will lead the production-finance outfit.
During her tenure, the company’s production and financing credits included Matteo Garrone’s Tale Of Tales, Catherine Hardwicke’s Miss You Already, Martin Koolhoven’s Brimstone, Juan Carlos Medina’s The Limehouse Golem and Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Killing Of A Sacred Deer.
In a statement to Screen, New Sparta said that Hattingh had handed in her resignation in October and had left the company to pursue opportunities elsewhere.
Head of production Chris Simon, appointed to the role in 2015, has stepped into the position of managing director. There are no immediate plans to replace Hattingh at this time.
Simon commented: “I am incredibly grateful »
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Netflix’s “Santa Clarita Diet” sees two-time Emmy nominee Drew Barrymore playing Sheila Hammond, a real estate agent, mother, wife, and zombie — or as her son prefers to describe her condition, “dead and also undead.” “I don’t like that word [zombie] — I think it’s inherently negative,” he explains in a newly released trailer for the series.
Few have the ability to make a flesh-eating creature charming, but Barrymore’s Sheila is just that, whether she’s munching on raw ground beef, savoring a severed arm, or speaking candidly about her newfound condition. “I do like the way I feel,” she admits in the spot. “I have endless energy and I sleep two hours a night. I get so much done.”
It’s going to take Sheila and her family time to adjust, but it looks like her kids and husband are committed to remaining by her side.
Check out the Nsfw trailer for some hints about how Sheila became a zombie, and to see how the Hammonds plan to manage her illegal — and immoral— tastes. “The Santa Clarita Diet” hits Netflix February 3. Timothy Olyphant (“Justified”) co-stars.
Trailer Watch: Drew Barrymore is a Charming Zombie in “Santa Clarita Diet” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
Exclusive: Alliance Media Partners teams with Salt executives to launch new company; Matt Bomer thriller on slate.
Production and finance company Alliance Media Partners (Amp) is joining with former Salt sales boss James Norrie to launch London-based sales outfit Amp International, which will take on the Salt slate and some of its staff.
Norrie (below), previously of Icon and Capitol Films, will spearhead sales at Amp International. Joining from Salt will be Nina Kolokouri and Timo Suomi, sales and acquisitions executive.
The current Salt slate includes Walking Out - launching at Sundance in the Us Dramatic Competition later this month - produced by Brunson Green, Laura Ivey and starring Matt Bomer and Bill Pullman; and Malicious, a supernatural horror thriller starring Delroy Lindo, Josh Stewart[/link], Bojana Novakovic, Melissa Bolona and Yvette Yates, directed by Michael Winnick, and produced/financed by Lost Hills Films.
The new Amp group (Alliance Media Partners and Amp International) will work across film sales »
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