EXCLUSIVE: Hannah Fidell’s feature A Teacher, one of the buzzed about titles at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, is getting a series adaptation as a drama at HBO executive produced by Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass and Michael Costigan. Also titled A Teacher, the project is being written/executive produced by Fidell and BAFTA-winning British writer Daniel Brocklehurst, former showrunner of the original UK series Shameless, with Fidell also set to direct the potential pilot. The series centers on a high school teacher in her late 20′s in the midst of a torrid affair with one of her students.
The project originated with Costigan and his company Cota Films. Costigan saw Fidell’s film at Sundance 2013 and teamed with her and Brocklehurst for a TV adaptation. Costigan then brought in Jay and Mark Duplass whose film Cyrus he produced for Fox Searchlight. The Duplass brothers are already in business with HBO with their new comedy series Togetherness, which starts production this month. Here is the trailer for A Teacher, starring Lindsay Burdge, which was released theatrically and on VOD by Oscilloscope. There is no talent attached to the series version at this time.
Brian Brooks is a Deadline contributor.
Even as attention turns to the next slate of films on the horizon at the Toronto International Film Festival, the coming weekend’s theatrical debuts are beyond plentiful. Magnolia Pictures bows Lynn Shelton’s Touchy Feely, starring Rosemarie DeWitt who starred in Shelton’s previous effort. The weekend also boasts two films with very different stories that center on older woman/ younger man sexual relationships in Adore by Anne Fontaine and Hannah Fidell’s A Teacher. The Weinstein Company is releasing two films, including doc Salinger (which played Telluride and is at TIFF) and French comedy Populaire by Régis Roinsard. Newcomer Active Fox Productions also has a duo with family pic Tio Papi and thriller 36 Saints. And Participant’s 99% – The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film join the weekend’s documentary titles along with FilmBuff’s Red Obsession. And crime-thriller Mission Park joins the fray after screening a number of Latino film festivals earlier this year.
Director-writer: Lynn Shelton
Cast: Rosemarie DeWitt, Ellen Page, Josh Pais, Scoot McNairy
Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
Writer-director Lynn Shelton’s Touchy Feely came out of the filmmaker’s work with Rosemarie DeWitt in Shelton’s previous film Your Sister’s Sister. The drama, which also stars Ellen Page and Josh Pais centers on a massage therapist who is unable to do her job when stricken with a sudden aversion to bodily contact. At the same time, her uptight brother’s unsuccessful dentist practice finds a renaissance when clients seek out his healing touch. “[Shelton] often develops stories working with actors,” said producer Steven Schardt who has worked with Shelton on a number of projects. “We had been talking to [DeWitt] for sometime.” Production had to move forward a month due to DeWitt’s schedule, which meant kicking the production into gear. It was also one of the “biggest” projects Shelton and Schardt had undertaken, though they still worked with a core of crew from previous shoots. “It was one of the longest shoots by far that we’ve done,” added Schardt. “It was 20 days as opposed to 12 days for Your Sister’s Sister.” They also worked with investors who helped fund Your Sister’s Sister. Read More »
Hannah Fidell‘s debut feature premiered at Sundance this year and stars Lindsay Burdge and Will Brittain as a high school teacher and the student with which begins an affair. Part psychological thriller and part provocative character study, A Teacher follows Burdge’s Diana as she becomes consumed by her emotions, crossing boundaries and acting out in progressively startling ways. Oscilloscope Laboratories acquired the film right after Sundance and will release it theatrically September 6 and and on-demand August 20. Here’s the first trailer:
Hannah Fidell’s A Teacher, Chad Hartigan’s This Is Martin Bonner and other Sundance buzz-makers and world premieres will screen at the Sundance Institute’s inaugural NEXT Weekend Film Festival from August 8-11 in Los Angeles. Here are the 10 newly unveiled titles set to screen at the American Cinematheque’s Aero Theatre, Cinefamily, Cinespia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, MOCA, and the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television: Read More »
BREAKING: Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American rights to Hannah Fidell’s feature directorial debut A Teacher, which premiered last month at Sundance and heads to Austin next for SXSW. The distributor plans a theatrical, video-on-demand and digital release later this year. The film stars Lindsay Burdge as an unraveling young high school teacher who starts an affair with one of her teenage students, played by Will Brittain. What starts as a seemingly innocent fling becomes increasingly complex—and dangerous as she begins to melt down. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: The press and industry screening for the Sundance title A Teacher doesn’t start until later today, but already some stuff is happening with the picture. ICM Partners is handling the film, and the agency has just signed its director, Hannah Fidell and its star, Lindsay Burdge.
The pic tells the story of Diana (Burdge), a young attractive teacher at a suburban Texas high school, who is well-liked by her students and colleagues. Her life seems to be following the status quo, but in reality she’s having a secret affair with her student Eric. She confides in no one but him, reveling in the teenage terrain of sexting and backseat quickies. Even when the risk of discovery looms over their relationship, her investment in the fantasy remains stronger than reality. Unable to control herself, she heads down a reckless path of self-destruction. A Teacher is playing in the NEXT Section. Burdge, who appeared in the Joe Swanberg-directed All The Light In The Sky, is managed by Brillstein, as is Fidell.