Millie Bobby Brown, Filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu Tackling ‘The Thing About Jellyfish’ for Universal
Millie Bobby Brown and Kenyan film director Wanuri Kahiu are teaming up to adapt acclaimed YA novel The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin.
Universal has optioned the rights to the 2015 book published by Little Brown and is developing the adaptation with producers Gigi Pritzker and Rachel Shane of MWM Studios, Bruna Papandrea, and Reese Witherspoon.
The producers have been developing the project since 2017, when MWM, the company behind the upcoming Motherless Brooklyn from Edward Norton and Chadwick Boseman’s 17 Bridges, acquired the rights, hiring playwright Molly Smith Metzler to work on what would be her first feature script, which made the 2017 Black List.
Jellyfish tells the story of a young girl named Suzy as she enters seventh grade. When her former best friend dies in a drowning accident — and not believing her mother who says that sometimes “these things happen” — Suzy becomes convinced that the true cause of the tragedy was a rare jellyfish sting. She retreats into a silent world of her imagination and begins crafting a globe-trotting plan to prove her theory, with the book exploring the ideas of life and death, the frailty of friendships and the potential of hope right next door.
The book was Benjamin’s debut novel. It was not only a commercial success, but also a literary smash, named as a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award.
Brown is attached to play Suzy.
Adrian Alperovich and Melissa Rucker will executive produce on behalf of MWM Studios. Jeanne Snow will also exec produce. Senior exec vp production Erik Baiers and director of development Lexi Barta are overseeing on behalf of Universal.
Brown is one of the stars of Stranger Things, whose season three arrives July, and stars in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, which hits the big-screen May 31. She is repped by WME and Hansen Jacobson.
Kahiu wrote and directed the LGBTQ film Rafiki, which made history last year as being the first Kenyan film to screen at the Cannes Film Festival even as the movie was banned in her home country due to its themes. She is repped by CAA and Gotham Group.
Benjamin is repped by CAA while Metzler is repped by WME and Granview.
We’re almost there with completing the Films section of our Gallery. This weekend, the Home Again section has been updated – we’ve added international posters, screencaptures from the official promotional interview, and some fantastic new high quality stills! This is not one of my favourites in Reese’s filmography, but the pretty high quality stills and poster artwork are worth a browse:
We’re almost done completing the Films section of our Gallery! The Sing category has been updated with a few stills, posters, and screencaptures from various featurettes and interviews. Reese voiced the adorable and perky pig Rosita – and of course sang for the role. This was a fun movie with some enjoyable music moments – and we’re looking forward to the sequel!
There’s been lots of news & updates posted this weekend so be sure to keep on scrolling down to see all the latest…
Apple Invites Hollywood Stars to Video Service Launch
Apple Inc. is planning to unveil video and news subscription offerings next month, the first major new digital services from the company since 2015.
The Cupertino, California-based technology giant is planning a March 25 event to announce both services, according to people familiar with the plan. The iPhone maker invited Hollywood stars, including Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner and director JJ Abrams, to attend, one of the people said.
The video service is similar to Amazon.com Inc.’s Prime Video and Netflix Inc. products, and will include TV shows and movies either acquired or funded by Apple. The company has created dozens of original programs so far, but hasn’t wrapped them in a subscription yet. The paid service will launch by the summer, the people said. They asked not to be identified discussing private plans.
The company’s premium news service will be integrated into the Apple News app, letting consumers subscribe to a bundle of titles for a monthly fee. Some publishing executives are wary of taking part, Bloomberg News reported in December.
February 19, 2019 • Category: "Wild", Gallery Updates •
Comments Off on Oscars Week: Additional 2015 Vanity Fair Party photos with Julianne Moore
It’s the Oscars this coming Sunday, and to celebrate we’ve got some fabulous Oscar photos updates for you this week! To start with, we have 18 additional photos from the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscars party – the year Reese was nominated for Best Actress for Wild. She’s pictured chatting with actor Robert Duvall, and greeting the year’s Best Actress winner Julianne Moore – Reese looks particularly keen to show off her burger!
We’re almost there with completing the Films section of our Gallery, and this weekend the Hot Pursuit category has been updated. Over 1,800 photos have been added, including high quality stills, posters, behind the scenes photos, and screencaptures from numerous featurettes and interviews. There are lots of fantastic photos! This is definitely not one of Reese’s best movies, but she’s her usual watchable and funny self in it. She is very endearing in some of the promotional interviews though, and you can watch the best of them below.
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