Shailene Woodley's Survival Tale 'Adrift' Landing at STX

Austin Hargrave
Shailene Woodley

'Everest' director Baltasar Kormakur is helming the film with a script by Aaron and Jordan Kandell.

STXfilms, a division of STX Entertainment, is in final negotiations to produce and distribute Adrift, the buzzy survival story that will star Shailene Woodley.

Everest director Baltasar Kormakur is attached to helm the film, which is based on the true story of a woman who sets off on a sailing trip to Tahiti with her fiance. But after a massive storm, the woman finds herself alone at sea with her boat in ruins. The story follows her attempts to save herself on a 1,500 mile journey to Hawaii.

Aaron and Jordan Kandell, who worked on Disney’s animated hit Moana, wrote the script on spec.

STXinternational will distribute the film in the U.K. and introduce the project to distributors in Berlin, in what is likely the most anticipated title at EFM, which is set to get underway this week.

STXfilms chairman Adam Fogelson and STXinternational president David Kosse both have previously worked with Kormákur. The executives worked with the helmer on several of his previous films including Everest and Contraband. Fogelson additionally greenlighted Two Guns, and Kosse served as executive producer on his most recent Icelandic language film, The Oath.

“This project was highly sought after and the entire team at STXfilms is thrilled to be able to work with Balt on this harrowing, extraordinary and inspiring story of love and survival against all odds,” Fogelson said Monday in a statement.

Woodley, known for starring in the Divergent franchise, will soon be seen on HBO's new series Big Little Lies with Reese Witherspoon. The versatile actress also starred in Oliver Stone's Snowden opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt. She is repped by UTA and Management 360.

Kormakur is attached to direct the untitled Edgardo Mortara project starring Robert De Niro for The Weinstein Co. He is repped by WME and Nelson Davis.

Aaron and Jordan Kandell are repped by WME and Hopscotch Pictures.

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