‘The Young Pope’ filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino will direct the adaptation for Makeready.
Jennifer Lawrence and The Young Pope director Paolo Sorrentino are teaming on Mob Girl, a feature adaptation of a true-crime story for Makeready, the content studio founded by Brad Westson.
Lawrence will star in and also produce the adaptation of the book by Teresa Carpenter along with Justine Polsky via the duo’s banner, Excellent Cadaver, Makeready said Wednesday. Sorrentino and Lorenzo Mieli will also produce.
Angelina Burnett, a writer-producer who has worked on such shows as The Americans and Halt and Catch Fire, has been hired to pen the script.
Mob Girl centers on Arlyne Brickman, a woman who grew up among racketeers and mobsters on the Lower East Side of New York City. From dating the wise guys to then running errands for them, she became a “mob girlfriend” who then wanted a piece of the action herself. She eventually became a police informant and major witness in the government’s case against the Colombo crime family.
“Seeing this story from a woman’s point of view is a fresh and exciting approach to telling a classic mob story,” said Weston in a statement.
Makeready partner and head of film Pam Abdy and Natalie Williams will oversee for the studio.
Mob Girl marks the first project under the recently announced first-look film deal between Lawrence’s Excellent Cadaver and Makeready. Lawrence is currently shooting A24’s untitled soldier drama, which is being helmed by stage director turned first-time filmmaker Lila Neugebauer. Lawrence and Polsky are producing the feature along with Scott Rudin and Eli Bush.
Sorrentino and Miele produced The Young Pope, which starred Jude Law, for HBO. The duo are currently in production on the follow-up, The New Pope, with John Malkovich joining the Law-led cast. Both series were created and directed by Sorrentino.
Lawrence is repped by LBI Entertainment and Hansen Jacobson. Sorrentino is repped by UTA. Burnett is repped by Manage-ment and Gang Tyre. ICM Partners repped the author in the book deal.
In-demand New York stage director Lila Neugebauer will make her feature debut on the project from first-time screenwriter Elizabeth Sanders, produced by Scott Rudin and Eli Bush.
Jennifer Lawrence has locked in her first new project since announcing she was taking a breather a year ago. While details are being kept under wraps, the film looks to be something of a return to the Oscar winner’s indie-scale roots with her breakout vehicle Winter’s Bone.
Scott Rudin and Eli Bush are producing through their IAC Films division and its partnership with A24, with Lawrence and Justine Polsky also on the producing team through their newly formed company Excellent Cadaver.
Lawrence’s return to the X-Men franchise, Dark Phoenix, opens June 7 from Fox.
The untitled new film project, written by first-time screenwriter Elizabeth Sanders, will mark the feature debut of Lila Neugebauer, who has quickly ascended in the past few years to become one of the most exciting young New York stage directors.
Principal photography will start mid-June in New Orleans.
“It’s an intimate film that wants to be close to the bone and wants to be quite personal,” says Neugebauer, who has gained a reputation for the subtlety of her productions, with their ultra-naturalistic flow and seamless ensemble work.
Regarding her transition into film, Neugebauer tells The Hollywood Reporter: “It’s something that I’ve hoped to do and has been in the back of my mind for some time now. I directed my first episode of television last spring, on the Duplass Brothers’ HBO show Room 104. That was a really lovely opportunity to get behind the camera, because the throughline of that anthology show is that they’re all set in the same hotel room, so in a way, they’re sort of all one-act plays. It was a very natural fit.”
Neugebauer’s acclaimed off-Broadway productions have included Sarah DeLappe’s The Wolves, which was produced in association with Rudin, Annie Baker’s The Antipodes, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Everybody, Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo and Tracy Letts’ Mary Page Marlowe. She made her Broadway debut this season on the Rudin- and Bush-produced revival of Kenneth Lonergan’s The Waverly Gallery, which starred Elaine May, Lucas Hedges, Joan Allen and Michael Cera.
“Scott very wonderfully thought of me for this project, and sent me the script a couple months ago,” continues Neugebauer. “It is a first, but I feel really gratified that I think it’s the right first project for me in the film world. And thus far Jen has been a really astonishing partner as well. It was very clear to me very quickly that we have a deep shared understanding of the project and she’s a really collaborative spirit, so I’m looking forward to having this opportunity to merge minds with her.”
The Lawrence feature marks the second new project announced in the past few weeks from IAC and A24, which teamed previously on Lady Bird, Eighth Grade, Mid90s and Ex Machina.
The companies also are working on a film adaptation of Stephen Karam’s 2016 Tony Award winner for best play, The Humans, which was produced by Rudin on Broadway. Karam will adapt and direct the film, set to star Beanie Feldstein, Richard Jenkins, Amy Schumer, Steven Yeun and Jayne Houdyshell, reprising her Tony-winning role.
Also in the pipeline from Rudin and Bush is Kelly Reichardt’s First Cow; Joel Coen’s Macbeth, starring Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand; and the Safdie Brothers’ Uncut Gems, with Adam Sandler and LaKeith Stanfield, which pundits are eyeing for a fall festival premiere.
20th Century Fox debuted a second trailer for the long-awaited next (and presumably final) installment its X-Men franchise, Dark Phoenix.
Directed by Simon Kinberg, the film reunites James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, and others to adapt the Dark Phoenix storyline from the X-Men comics. The story is one of the best-known from the X-Men comics franchise, in which mutant Jean Grey is exposed to radiation, which boost her powers.
We see a bit of this in the trailer: the X-Men head to space and are hit by a “mysterious cosmic force.” Jean vanishes and reappears on Earth, and we see her speaking with someone (played by Jessica Chastain), who tells her that “if you stop fighting that force inside you, if you embrace it, we will possess the very power of a god.” That spells trouble for the rest of the X-Men, who have to find a way to contain that power and save their friend.
The film is the sequel to 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse, The Dark Phoenix storyline was originally covered in Brett Ratner’s 2006 film X-Men: Last Stand, but when the franchise’s timeline was reset with 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, Fox had an opportunity to give the story another chance. The studio released its first trailer last fall, showing off the danger that Jean Grey’s powers pose to the world, and the complicity that Professor Xavier (played by McAvoy) has in her formation.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix arrives on June 7th, 2019.
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