Anne Hathaway is adapting a movie version of George Brant’s celebrated play “Grounded,” Variety has learned exclusively.
The Oscar-winning actress will star in and produce the picture. In 2015, she appeared in a New York production of the single-actor drama (directed by Julie Taymor) at the Public Theater. But Hathaway was so enthusiastic about the material that she locked up the film rights before signing on for the play.
“Grounded” tells the story of a conflicted American Air Force pilot tasked with operating an unmanned drone. Brant is adapting his script for the screen. The stage portrayal earned Hathaway a nomination for a Critics Circle Award.
Hathaway is producing “Grounded” with Entertainment 360’s Suzan Bymel and Ben Forkner; and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, which is financing the movie. The company’s president of production Carla Hacken has previously worked with Hathaway on 20th Century Fox’s “The Devil Wears Prada,” “Bride Wars” and “Love and Other Drugs.”
“Grounded” received strong reviews off-Broadway. At the time, Variety theater critic Marilyn Stasio wrote: “Hathaway masterfully navigates her terrifying dive from high-flying heroics to the appalling reality of guiding drones.”
Hathaway can next be seen reprising her role as the White Queen in Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” which opens later this month.
Emerging filmmaker Shane Carruth has assembled an impressive cast for his latest movie project, The Modern Ocean.
Anne Hathaway, Keanu Reeves, Daniel Radcliffe, Chloe Grace Moretz, Tom Holland, Asa Butterfield, Jeff Goldblum and Beasts of No Nation breakout Abraham Attah will star in the ensemble adventure drama, based on Carruth’s 200-page script, which is described as being filled with pictures and diagrams.
The storyline revolves around vengeance and the fierce competition for valuable shipping routes and priceless materials that converge in a spectacular battle on the rolling decks of behemoth cargo ships.
“This epic tale, fraught with danger and intrigue, takes us from the ancient trading houses of Algeria to the darkest depths of the ocean floor,” said FilmNation in describing the project, which it will introduce to foreign buyers converging this week in Santa Monica for the American Film Market.
Modern Ocean is sure to draw keen interest for its cast alone.
Carruth is a software engineer turned indie filmmaker. He made his debut with the low-budget sci-fi movie Primer, which won won the Grand Jury Prize and the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. His follow-up was the 2013 movie Upstream Color.
Carruth also will act in the upcoming movie and is producing via his banner erbp, along with Blackbird’s Lawrence Inglee (The Day After Tomorrow) and Tadmor’s Eyal Rimmon (American Ultra).
The producers are promising a movie that will be “enormously inventive, but grounded in arcane reality” and “will draw audiences into a secretive world filled with mysterious technologies and bitter rivalries.”
Character details for the actors’ roles were not revealed.