EXCLUSIVE: Albert Nobbs helmer Rodrigo Garcia will direct We’re Just Married, a David Rabe-scripted film. Lily Rabe will play one of the leads and she will also be a producer on the project. Rabe, best known for American Horror Story, is the daughter of David Rabe and the late Jill Clayburgh.
“I’m ecstatic to be in the Rabe business with David and Lily,” Garcia said. “This script is a perfect portrait of a highly complicated, emotionally charged, and painfully funny romantic triangle. And, like all of David Rabe’s works, it is a gift to writers and directors.”
Lynn Hendee and Robert Chartoff are producing with Lily Rabe. Hendee and Chartoff are currently co-producing the Gavin Hood-directed Ender’s Game, which stars Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield and Hailee Steinfeld. Lily Rabe is repped by ICM Partners.
EXCLUSIVE: Fox Searchlight is turning the Oscar-nominated documentary La Corona into a feature film, and has set Jose Rivera to write the script and Rodrigo Garcia to direct. The 2008 Spanish language film was nominated in the Short Subject Documentary category. The film depicted a prison pageant in which the contestants were guerillas, murderers and drug dealers vying for the distinction of being called queen of a prison. Julie Lynn is producing.
Rivera, Oscar-nominated for The Motorcycle Diaries, most recently adapted Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, which is currently in production with Walter Salles directing an ensemble that includes Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen and Amy Adams. Garcia directed Passengers and HBO series episodes including Big Love and In Treatment. Rivera’s repped by ICM, Garcia by WME.
And we’re off… I received emails and calls from a couple of recently inducted Academy Award voters who reported that the first two screeners of the season arrived in their mailboxes Wednesday from Sony Pictures Classics. The studio beat the competition by sending out the Australian crime thriller Animal Kingdom and the multi-story drama Mother And Child to all of the nearly 6,000 members. It’s a repeat of a familiar strategy employed by SPC in the past when they were first out in 2008 with Frozen River and in 2005 with Junebug. These small earlier-in-the-year releases clearly benefitted from separating themselves from the glut of November/December arrivals – and in the case of Frozen River landed Best Actress (Melissa Leo) and Best Original Screenplay nominations while the little-heralded Junebug pulled off a supporting actress nod for Amy Adams.
With Animal Kingdom trying to stay alive at the box office since its August 13th release, SPC co-presidents Michael Barker and Tom Bernard recently told me they plan to aggressively go after a supporting actress nomination for the acclaimed performance of Jacki Weaver, whose dynamic turn in the film would probably be a slam dunk if it could generate any Oscar heat. It’s exactly the kind of gritty character role that actors love to reward. The early screener gambit is a way to start.
As for Rodrigo Garcia’s heartfelt SPC film Mother And Child, which seemed to open and close rather quickly … Read More »