WEEK IN WOMEN: Keira Knightley talks OFFICIAL SECRETS – Brandy McDonnell reports

“I was sort of fascinated that either I’d forgotten, or I’d never known about Katharine Gun and I’d never known about this memo. So, I felt like, you know, just as far as kind of a historical piece in sort of shedding light on that, the lead up to that conflict, I thought it was a very important story to tell,” says Keira Knightley.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Bharoocha’s directorial debut: GOLDEN ARM – Brandy McDonnell reports Golden Arm

Maureen Bharoocha is making her feature film directorial debut with Golden Arm, a female buddy comedy about ladies arm wrestling. Bharoocha is best known for her work as a rising comedic director for Jimmy Kimmel Live!, as well as her films that have appeared on the Lifetime Network, including I Am Watching You and Fatal Flip.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Nina Dobrev Set for indie SICK GIRL – Brandy McDonnell reports

Nina Dobrev (The Perks of Being a Wallflower, CW’s The Vampire Diaries) will star in and executive produce the indie film Sick Girl, an independent comedy that marks the feature film writing and directing debut for Jennifer Cram, the longtime casting associate who most recently was casting director on Showtime’s Ray Donovan.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Kusama To Direct Series Adaptation of SEXY BEAST – Brandy McDonnel reports

Director Karyn Kusama has lined up her next project, a series adaptation of the 2000 Oscar-winning movie Sexy Beast at Paramount Network. The series will tell the origin story of Gal Dove – played in the film by Ray Winstone – a talented thief who finds himself descending into the seductive madness of the London criminal world during the vividly volatile 1990s.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Regina King to Direct ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI – Brandy McDonnell reports

Oscar winner Regina King is set to direct the fact-based drama One Night in Miami, based on the debut play from Kemp Powers, who has adapted it for the screen. Set on the night of Feb. 25, 1964, the narrative follows a young Cassius Clay as he emerges from the Miami Beach Convention Center as the World Heavyweight Boxing Champion.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Contance Wu to star in GOODBYE, VITAMIN – Brandy McDonnell reports

Universal Pictures has optioned the rights to Goodbye, Vitamin, the 2017 debut novel from Rachel Khong, with Constance Wu attached to star. Wu most recently starred in last summer’s hit romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians, and can be seen on ABC’s TV series Fresh Off the Boat, recently renewed for another season. Additionally, Wu stars opposite Jennifer Lopez in the STX comedy Hustlers, opening Sept. 13.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Streep, Kidman, Grande to star in Netflix adaptation of THE PROM – Brandy McDonnell reports

As part of his five-year deal with Netflix, Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story) will direct and produce the feature adaptation of The Prom, with. Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman and Ariane Grande set to star in the popular musical. Murphy will start directing the film adaptation of the Broadway hit in December, for a fall 2020 awards season release in theaters before it airs on Netflix.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Karen Moncrieff to Adapt Alice Siebold’s LUCKY – Brandy McDonnell Reports

Karen Moncrieff (The Dead Girl, 13 Reasons Why) is adapting the memoir Lucky, by The Lovely Bones author Alice Sebold, as a feature film. Moncrieff has penned the adaptation of Sebold’s story, an autobiographical chronicle of sexual assault and its aftermath, and is also set to direct the film.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Sandi Tan Set to Adapt Elif Batuman’s THE IDIOT – Brandy McDonnell reports

Filmmaker Sandi Tan, who broke out last year with the unique documentary Shirkers, has revealed her next project: an adaptation of Elif Batuman’s The Idiot. Shirkers – the stunning documentary which chronicled how Tan made her 1992 debut feature at age 18 in Singapore and then had the footage stolen by her enigmatic director Georges and then returned after his death in 2008 – earned the auteur the World Cinema Documentary Directing Award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

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