Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to White Bird In A Blizzard, from writer/director Gregg Araki, based on the novel by Laura Kasischke. Shailene Woodley stars as a college-bound teenager who is just discovering her sexuality when her mother disappears. As time passes, Woodley’s character comes to grips with how deeply her mother’s disappearance has affected her. She eventually finds herself confronted with the truth about her mother’s departure, and her own denial about the events surrounding it. Eva Green, Christopher Meloni, Shiloh Fernandez, Gabourey Sidibe, Thomas Jane and Angela Bassett also star. Magnolia is eyeing a release for later this year. Pic was produced by Pascal Caucheteux, Sebastien K. Lemercier, Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Pavlina Hatoupis and Gregg Araki. Film is a co-production of Why Not Productions, Desperate Pictures, Orange Studio and Wild Bunch.
Claire Forlani is joining writer-director Isabel Coixet’s Panda Eyes. Project is described as a paranormal thriller about a young girl (Sophie Turner from Game Of Thrones) haunted by her past. Forlani will play the mother of Turner’s character. The movie also stars Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Rhys Ifans and Gregg Sulkin. Production is taking place in Wales for Fox International Film. Forlani is repped by Paradigm, Principal Entertainment and London’s Independent Talent.
EXCLUSIVE: Christopher Meloni is in negotiations to play the male lead in White Bird In A Blizzard to be directed by Gregg Araki. He joins Shailene Woodley (The Descendants), Eva Green (Casino Royale), Shiloh Fernandez (Red Riding Hood) and Gabourey Sidibe (Precious), who are already attached. Araki wrote the script, about a young woman whose life is upended when her mother disappears.
After wrapping a long run in Law & Order: SVU, Meloni has gotten busier on the feature front. Next year, he will be seen in Jackie Robinson-Branch Rickey drama 42, the Superman reboot Man Of Steel, and Small Time. He just wrapped production on They Came Together, which will be released in 2014.
Meloni is represented by Gersh and Industry Enertainment’s Bill Butler.