Don Groves is a Deadline contributor based in Sydney
In 2010, 16 year-old Australian Jessica Watson became the youngest person to sail solo around the world non-stop and unassisted. Her feat is now being turned into a feature film courtesy of Soul Surfer producer Brookwell McNamara Entertainment and Oz’s Sunstar Entertainment. Based on Watson’s memoir, True Spirit, the film will be directed by Soul Surfer helmer and BME principal Sean McNamara. The story details Watson’s journey and the struggle to achieve her dream of circumnavigating the globe. Shooting is due to start in Sydney and the Gold Coast early next year with Paramount Pictures Australia releasing in Australia and New Zealand at the end of 2013. Cast is still to be set. Producers are BME’s McNamara and David Brookwell and Sunstar’s Andrew Fraser, Daniel Starling and Brian Andrews. The scriptwriters are McNamara, Brookwell and Australian Matt Nable. Sunstar manages Watson.
Cannes experienced a huge dose of starpower on its prime Saturday night as the Film Festival hosted the latest premiere following big events at Disneyland and in Moscow for Disney’s summer juggernaut Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. For the out-of-competition event, stars Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush, Ian McShane, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Sam Claflin, plus producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Director Rob Marshall, all hit the red carpet. You literally could not navigate the massive crowd scene in front of and surrounding the Palais as this group worked the paparazzi. It drew the biggest throng of fans so far at the Fest, all trying to position themselves to get a glimpse of the stars. Cannes loves photo opps like this and has been actively courting studios to bring their big summer behemoths to the Cote d’Azur in order to guarantee some celeb glitz. With Depp and Cruz tonight, and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie making their entrance Monday night for Brad’s Tree of Life premiere, the photogs are having a field day. I also heard Leonardo DiCaprio hit town this weekend as well. Read More »