Hollywomen’s second news round-up featuring spider-women, ghost hunters, time travelers and unstoppable superheroines.
Summary: Callie Khouri Makes History | Lucy Is Everywhere | Jennifer Lee, Frozen in Time | Lake Bell & The Emperor’s Children | Spider-Women | Santa Monica PSA Program | Nathan Fillion & Alison Brie Look For Love on The Black List
Callie Khouri Makes History
Thelma & Louise writer Callie Khouri has been honored at the Women Making History event organized by the National Women’s History Museum in Los Angeles on August 23rd. The Nashville showrunner was presented her award by Thema and Louise star Geena Davis, proponent of the National Women’s History Museum and champion of female representation on screen.
Featuring Kate Walsh and Paula Abdul among others, the event also celebrated actress Sophia Bush and NASCAR Executive VP Lesa France Kennedy.
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The mighty Hercules has been vanquished by Scarlett Johansson’s Lucy who captured the box office on its first $44 million weekend in August.
Soaring above $125M in the US and $400M worldwide two months later, the movie is produced by Virginie Silla-Besson, written and directed by Luc Besson who financed the $40M movie through his company EuropaCorp.
Female-led movies don’t sell, you said? Well…
Jennifer Lee, Frozen in Time
Frozen co-writer and director and Disney box-office champion Jennifer Lee is set to write an adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s book A Wrinkle In Time for Disney.
Written in 1962 and the first volume of the Time Quartet series, the novel follows the adventures of fourteen-year-old Meg through space and time to find her missing scientist father.
The book holds a special significance for Lee since she was a teenager: she will likely bring the passion that contributed to her meteoric rise and helped Frozen become the 5th highest-grossing movie of all time.
Jim Whitaker (The Odd Life of Timothy Green Robin Hood) will produce alongside Catherine Hand; a directing announcement has yet to be made.
Jennifer Lee is represented by Chris Till at CAA and Rich Freeman at Code Entertainment.
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Lake Bell Takes Care Of The Emperor’s Children
Actress and “In A World…” director Lake Bell is set to helm The Emperor’s Children for Imagine Entertainment, based on the 2006 book by Claire Messud.
Developed by Noah Baumbach a few years back, the adaptation is a comedy centered around three Brown University-educated people who are approaching the age of 30 in the months leading up to September 11.
Lake Bell is represented by UTA & the Burstein Company.Find Lake Bell on the Hollywomen Directors Board
The current superhero box-office domination has yet to produce features based entirely on female characters: still no greenlight for a potential Black Widow movie, Wonder Woman will only be featured among other characters on the upcoming Batman v Superman, making Jennifer Garner’s Elektra the last to date… Ten years ago.
Postponing the third installment of the Amazing Spider-Man franchise until 2018, Sony Pictures is now developing a female superhero movie set for a 2017 release, based on the Spider-Man universe.
Lisa Joy, who made waves lat year with the sale of her sci-fi script Reminiscence and the announcement of a Westworld remake for HBO, is on board as a writer.
It is not yet known which characters the movie will feature: if Black Cat should be the principal candidate, other heroines like Stunner, Firestar and Silver Sable could appear, as well as Spider-Woman, whose new solo comic series by Marvel has been announced during Comic-con.
The yet unnamed movie will be produced by Matthew Tolmach, who oversees the current Amazing Spider Man franchise and is attached to Drew Goddard’s Sinister Six, revolving around the villains of the Spider-Man universe and set for a 2016 release.
Lisa Joy is represented by Larry Salz at UTA and owns the production company Kilter Films with her husband Jonathan Nolan.
Santa Monica PSA Program
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Santa Monica CityTV has chosen three members of the Director’s Guild of America to film award-eligible Public Service Announcements: Dianne Bartlow, Marty Elcan and Women’s Steering Committee Category Representative Melanie Wagor.
The three directors will direct PSAs for Santa Monica-based non-profit organizations: Bread and Roses, Step Up on Second and OPCC, which will then air on the channel before the end of the year. Such a move will allow the spots to enter the course for Emmy Awards, which have been given more than a dozen times to CityTv in the last few years.
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Nathan Fillion & Alison Brie Look For Love on The Black List
The screenplay platform The Black List continued its live readings of unproduced screenplays on September 20 when Alison Brie & Nathan Fillion took part in the script reading of Seekers of Perpetual Love. Written by Victoria Strouse in 2007 under the title Apostles Of Infinite Love, the comedy script follows three siblings hitting the road with a New Age “deprogrammer” to save their youngest sister from a doomsday cult.
Noticed for her lively funny scripts such as Infinite Love and I Am Kate, Strouse is the writer of the Finding Nemo sequel: Finding Dory.Find Victoria Strouse on the Hollywomen Screenwriters Board
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