EXCLUSIVE: Spirit Award-nominated Brie Larson has boarded indie drama Room, directed by Lenny Abrahamson. She’ll star as Ma, a woman kidnapped as a teenager who has been held captive for years in a tiny room where she lives with her 5-year-old son Jack. To the boy, Room is the only home he’s ever known. Emma Donoghue adapted the script from her own 2010 bestseller which was itself partially inspired by the 2008 case of Austrian woman Elisabeth Fritzl, who escaped from a basement after a 24-year captivity during which she gave birth to seven children. Larsen is coming off of her award-winning central turn in last year’s Short Term 12. She’ll next be seen in Paramount’s upcoming The Gambler opposite Mark Wahlberg, Judd Apatow’s Trainwrecked, and DreamWorks’ The Good Luck Of Right Now. Room is produced by Ed Guiney for his Irish shingle Element Pictures. Larson is repped by The Gersh Agency and Authentic Talent & Literary Management. UTA reps Donoghue and the film and is putting financing together alongside Element.
EXCLUSIVE: Just as they prepare for tonight’s Sundance premiere of the Michael Fassbender-starrer Frank, the pic’s backers, Element Pictures, have made a first look deal with Lenny Abrahamson to hatch film and TV projects for the Frank writer/director to script, direct and produce. Frank is their latest collaboration; before that they made Adam & Paul (with Speers Film), Garage and What Richard Did, along with the TV series Prosperity.
Frank is one of the pictures most often mentioned to me by hopeful buyers. The film stars Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Scoot McNairy; it’s an offbeat comedy about a band led by an enigmatic genius lead singer who hides himself inside an oversized fake head. The film is an Element Pictures/Runaway Fridge production for Film4, BFI, Protagonist Pictures and the Irish Film Board. Abrahamson and Element are putting together a slate that will include an adaptation of the Emma Donoghue novel Room.
Ed Guiney said he and Element Pictures’ co-director Andrew Lowe “feel very lucky indeed to be working with Lenny, a truly unique, once in a lifetime film making talent whose international reputation is growing rapidly. Our friendship goes back almost 30 years to when we started making films together in college. We now want to formalize what has been a very successful relationship with Element over the last decade and support Lenny in his intention to make ever more impactful and …