Robin Wright to Make Feature Directorial Debut With 'Land'
The film, in which Wright will star as a woman who vows to go off the grid, is being introduced to buyers in Cannes.
Claire Underwood is getting behind the camera.
Robin Wright, a Globe Globe winner for her turn as the First Lady-turned-President in Netflix's House of Cards, is set to make her feature-length directorial debut.
In Land, Wright, who has recently appeared in Wonder Woman and Blade Runner 2049, will direct herself as Edee Mathis, a lawyer consumed by grief who resolves to remove herself completely from life as she has known it and disappear. With advice from online survivalists, she moves to the most unpopulated area in the U.S., living in a cabin in the Shoshone National Forest in Wyoming.
The film is based on the original screenplay by Jesse Chatham and Golden Globe nominee Liz Hannah (The Post) and will begin production this summer in British Columbia.
HanWay Films has picked up the international sales rights and will commence sales at Cannes. Cinetic Media and CAA will handle North American rights.
Land was developed by Allyn Stewart (Sully, Trial by Fire) together with acclaimed casting director Lora Kennedy (Wonder Woman, Argo) and is financed by New York-based production entity Big Beach. It is produced by Stewart, Kennedy, Big Beach co-founder and Oscar-nominee Peter Saraf (The Farewell, Little Miss Sunshine) and Leah Holzer (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood). Marc Turtletaub will executive produce for Big Beach with Cinetic Media’s John Sloss and Steve Farneth and Iron Circle Pictures’ Heather Rae.
“Robin proved herself a tour de force taking in hand House of Cards as a director as well as its lead actor," said HanWay managing director Gabrielle Stewart. "She speaks very eloquently and passionately about wanting to tell the story of a woman’s journey through loss and pain, where only by giving herself to nature can she find a path to inner peace and redemption. It is a unique cinematic experience of huge scale, yet speaks to our basic human need for more earthy simplicity in this busy noisy world."
Wright is represented by CAA, Sugar 23 and Ziffren Brittenham.