EXCLUSIVE: Gidden Media and Good Universe set Tricia McAlpin to adapt Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Forever, Interrupted: A Novel as a star vehicle for Fifty Shades Of Grey‘s Dakota Johnson. The comedian, actress and writer also is writing the spinoff to Paul Feig’s hit comedy The Heat for Chernin Entertainment and Fox, and episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Amy Baer will produce through her company Gidden Media. Johnson also
will serve as executive producer alongside Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake
of Good Universe, and John Middleton and Roy Lee. Erin Westerman will
oversee the project on behalf of Good Universe.
The book tells the story of a young woman who elopes after a whirlwind romance and then must face the sudden death of her adoring husband. She
must come to terms with his loss while forming an unlikely relationship
with his mother – who didn’t know she existed.
We’re thrilled that Tricia connected with Reid’s novel,” Baer said. “Not only is she an inspired writer with a singular voice, but she has a
personal connection to the subject matter and will bring a tremendous
amount of emotion to the adaptation. Coupled with her wicked sense of
humor, Tricia will strike the perfect balance of comedy and pathos —
which was always our goal for this beautiful book.”
WME and Management 360-repped Johnson next will star in Studio Canal’s A Bigger Splash, which Fox Searchlight will release this year, and Black Mass opposite Johnny Depp, which Warner Bros. will open in September. Dan
Freedman of Good Universe negotiated McAlpin’s deal on behalf of the
producers. McAlpin is represented by UTA, 3 Arts Entertainment and
Melissa Fox of Hansen, Jacobson, Teller.
Fifty Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan is to play
a Czechoslovakian soldier who takes part in an assassination attempt on
notorious SS officer Reinhard Heydrich in a new film to be directed by
Sean Ellis, the British film-maker best known for the Philippines-set
The film is to be called Anthropoid, named after the real-life
Operation Anthropoid in which two Czechoslovak paratroopers attacked
Heydrich’s car in Nazi-occupied Prague in 1942 after they had parachuted
in following training by British forces.
Although the attack appeared initially unsuccessful, Heydrich died
several days later from his injuries. His death resulted in the massacre
of thousands of civilians by the SS in reprisal.
Ellis has co-scripted the film with Anthony Frewin, Stanley Kubrick’s former assistant and now a novelist. Peaky Blinders’ Cillian Murphy has been cast alongside Dornan, and shooting is due to begin in July.
Ellis said: “I feel incredibly proud to bring the story of Anthropoid
to the big screen … In the Czech Republic, it is a story of great
national pride, and it’s time to tell the world that story.”
Anthropoid appears to have beaten another film about the same operation, HHhH, into production. Based on Laurent Binet’s award-winning French novel, HHhH has a script by David Farr but has not yet attached a director.
Fifty Shades of Grey premiered on Friday 13th
February at the Eden cinemas with complete sell out shows throughout the day and weekend.
Being one of the most anticipated films of the year, there was no
doubt that the film would be a success at the box office, however, with
tickets for the premiere selling out in just a few days, expectations
were greatly exceeded and extra screens had to be opened up.
Ten days into its release the film has exceeded all expectations and
has brought in more people than any film in 2015 or in 2014 while at the
same time breaking the record for box office takings for a single film
Fifty Shades of Grey has outperformed top grossers of last year The
Hobbit and Maleficent and is expected to continue going strong and
continuing to break records throughout its release period which could be
as much as 12-16 weeks.
It is interesting to note that in its second week, film attendance
dropped by 73% in the United States but locally, Fifty Shades of Grey is
still performing stronger than many blockbusters do on their first
“If production stays the course,Stubbs says she’ll be working in the Red Room in June,when cameras will roll on the Fifty Shades sequel.”
Fifty Shades of Grey already took the crown for biggest Valentine’s Day debut ever, and now the erotic drama can add biggest Presidents Day debut ever to
its list of honors: The book adaptation ended the four-day weekend with
$94.4 million—over $30 million more than the previous record-holder,
2010’s Valentine’s Day.
“Fandango said it sold 29% of the opening weekend tickets for “Fifty Shades of Grey,” marking the largest share of receipts for any movie released in its 15-year history. That number does not take into account the Monday holiday. The previous record holder was “The Hunger Games” in 2012, with Fandango accounting for 22% of that film’s domestic opening weekend.”