Nov 18, 2009

Tradecraft: Joe Wright Seeks Some Action

The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision blog reports that director Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride & Prejudice) is looking to direct his first action movie, and he's leaning toward an action/spy script called Hanna. The script, written by Seth Lochhead and David Farr and set up at Focus Features, must be pretty good, because it's attracted some top directors. Alfonso Cuaron and Danny Boyle previously flirted with the material. According to the trade:

The project is described as having shades of La Femme Nikita and the Bourne movies. The story centers on a 14-year-old Eastern European girl who has been raised by her father to be a cold-blooded killing machine. She connects with a French family, forms a friendship with their daughter and goes through the pangs of adolescence. When the girl is dragged back to her father’s world and discovers that she was bred as a killing machine in a CIA prison camp, she must fight her way to a free life.
Wright, who was once engaged to Bond Girl Rosamund Pike, was set to direct Cate Blanchett in an Edwina Mountbatten biopic called Indian Summer. "But as [that] project’s budget rose," the trade reports, "and with the conditions for upscale adult dramas not favorable, the makers opted to put the project on hold." British tabloids have also linked the director with a remake of My Fair Lady touted to star Keira Knightley with current 007 Daniel Craig as Henry Higgins.

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