Frances McDormand to star in, produce ‘Women Talking’ adaptation

Academy Award-nominee Sarah Polley will write and direct the movie
Oscar winner Frances McDormand will star in and produce the upcoming adaptation of author Miriam Toews’ bestselling novel “Women Talking“.

The project hails from MGM’s Orion Pictures and Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt’s banner Plan B Entertainment.

Academy Award-nominee Sarah Polley to write and direct the movie, according to Deadline.

“Women Talking”, which was published in 2018, follows a group of women in an isolated Mennonite religious colony in Bolivia as they struggle to reconcile their faith with a series of sexual assaults committed by the colony’s men.

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“Minari” Director’s Next Setup At MGM

MGM has signed a two-year second-look film production deal with Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment. As a direct result, several Plan B projects have now been set up at the studio.

The most high profile of these is a new romance drama that hails from celebrated “Minari” writer/director Lee Isaac Chung.

That film centres on a young man lost in New York City’s corporate drudgery who finds love with a beautiful young woman from Hong Kong.

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Tiffany Haddish To Star in Adaptation Of ‘Landscape With Invisible Hand’ For MGM And Plan B

After making a name for herself in the comedy realm, Tiffany Haddish has found her first major role in a sci-fi pic. Deadline is hearing she is in final negotiations to star in MGM, Plan B and Annapurna’s adaptation of National Book Award winner M.T. Anderson’s novel Landscape with Invisible Hand. Bad Education director Cory Finley is writing and directing.

Plan B and Annapurna landed the rights in 2017, developed together and brought the package to MGM. The pic will be released theatrically in the U.S. via MGM’s distribution and marketing joint venture United Artists Releasing. Plan B and Annapurna are producing.

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Damien Chazelle’s Hollywood Epic ‘Babylon’ Delayed to 2022

The next film from Oscar-winning La La Land and Whiplash filmmaker Damien Chazelle is being pushed out of 2021 and into 2022, with Paramount Pictures shifting its release date a full year.

The highly anticipated film is described as an epic set in Hollywood during the 1920s, as Tinseltown is on the cusp of transitioning from the silent era to “talkies.” It follows a number of Hollywood figures both historical and fictional, and Chazelle already has Brad Pitt set in a lead role with Margot Robbie in talks to co-star.

The R-rated drama was originally set for release on December 25, 2021, but likely due to COVID restrictions delaying filming, Paramount has pushed the movie’s release date back a full year to December 25, 2022 with a wide release on January 6, 2023. No doubt Paramount is positioning this one for a major Oscar campaign, hence the importance of the awards-friendly release date.

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