In what’s more likely to develop into vital title at AFM, FilmNation will launch worldwide pre-sales on The Island (working title) from auteur Pawel Pawlikowski to star Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara.
WME Unbiased represents US rights to the dramatic thriller, which is lined up for a 2023 shoot and is produced by Tanya Seghatchian and John Woodward for Apocalypso Photos, and Brightstar.
Mario Gianani and Lorenzo Gangarossa are on board as co-producers for Wildside with Imaginative and prescient Distribution in collaboration with Sky. Ewa Puszczynska is co-producing for Excessive Feelings and Reno Antoniades is the manager producer.
Loosely based mostly on a real story, the challenge follows a beautiful American couple within the Thirties who flip their again on civilisation to construct their very own personal paradise on a abandoned island. Their dream doesn’t go as deliberate, nevertheless, when a millionaire passing by on his yacht inadvertently turns them right into a tabloid newspaper sensation and a self-styled European countess arrives together with her two lovers with plans to take over the island and construct a luxurious lodge.
Battle traces are drawn and psychological warfare ensues as seduction and jealousy descend into sexual infidelity, betrayal, and finally homicide similtaneously nature itself reveals its energy.
Pawlikowski’s Ida gained the Oscar in 2015 for what was then often known as the very best international language movie and the filmmaker earned a directing nomination in 2019 for his most up-to-date function, Chilly Warfare. Phoenix gained the lead actor Oscar in 2020 for Joker and can subsequent be seen within the title position in Ridley Scott’s Napoleon. Mara has earned robust opinions for her position in Sarah Polley’s awards season contender Ladies Speaking from Plan B and UA, and has garnered two Oscar nominations to this point in her profession for Carol and The Lady With The Dragon Tattoo.
“Pawel is the grasp of robust drama and he’s unmatched at creating engaging however emotionally advanced characters whose attain typically exceeds their grasp – particularly in issues of the guts,” stated Seghatchian. “In The Island energy struggles and love and dying are all amplified by Pawel’s cinematic fashion, which is able to combine the savage great thing about nature on this abandoned island into the story. With an excellent forged this murder-mystery, set in an epic panorama, will really feel timeless – however its themes are modern, common, and extremely relatable.”
FilmNation CEO Glen Basner added, “Pawel Pawlikowski is without doubt one of the world’s biggest filmmakers working in the present day. Pawel bringing this story of jealousy, betrayal and homicide in a Backyard of Eden is precisely what all of us have to drive audiences again to the cinema.”