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Toni Collette will make a feature directorial debut with an adaptation of Lily King’s Writers and Lovers.
Topic Studios, which recently released the Jodie Foster starrer The Mauritanian, is behind the project that is based on the New York Times best-seller.
It follows Casey Peabody, an underemployed, aspiring novelist in 1990s Boston whose world is rocked by a recent love affair and her mother’s sudden death. Her life becomes more complicated as she then falls for two very different men at the same time.
Collette will also write the screenplay, along with Nick Payne (Wanderlust, The Crown), as well as produce under her Vocab Films banner.
“I have been wanting to direct for quite some time but have been a bit busy with my day job. l couldn’t be more thrilled to be bringing Lily King’s beautiful, funny, moving novel to filmic life. It’s an empowering story that speaks to me as a woman and an artist. It’s ultimately about coming to know and believe in oneself,” said Collette. “This is not always an easy feat, but the most important journey any person can take. It inspires me on so many levels.”
Susannah Grant and Sarah Timberman will also produce, with Topic Studios’ Michael Bloom, Maria Zuckerman and Ryan Heller executive producing.
Collette is represented by CAA, Australia’s United Management, Finley Management, and Jacoway Tyerman. Grant is represented by UTA and Lenore Entertainment Group. Timberman is represented by Lenore Entertainment Group.
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