Salma Hayek Pinault and Anne Hathaway to star in and produce Netflix’s ‘Seesaw Monster’ 

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Salma Hayek Pinault [Courtesy Brian Bowen Smith]

Netflix has landed the feature rights for Japanese writer Kotaro Isaka’s book “Seesaw Monster,” with Salma Hayek Pinault and Anne Hathaway attached to star in as well as produce the project.  

Olivia Milch (“Ocean’s Eight,” “Dude”) is writing the screenplay. The streamer has not yet announced who will be directing the project.  

Details are being kept under wraps, but Netflix has revealed in a news release that Hathaway and Hayek Pinault will play rivals forced to work together in the action-comedy two-hander.

Isaka is best known for his “Hitman” series. The second installment, “Maria Beetle,” was adapted into this year’s $100 million-plus hit “Bullet Train,” starring Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock, Bad Bunny, Michael Shannon, Joey King and Brian Tyree Henry.  

Variety reports that “Seesaw Monster” is not related to the “Hitman” trilogy.  

Anne Hathaway appears on “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” October 24, 2022. [Courtesy Charles Sykes/Bravo]

Producers will be Akiva Goldsman and Gregory Lessans for Weed Road Pictures; Hayek Pinault for Ventanarosa Productions; Hathaway for Somewhere Pictures; and “Bullet Train’s” Ryosuke Saegusa and Yuma Terada for CTB Inc. 

Executive producers are Jose Tamez, Siobhan Flynn for Ventanarosa Productions; Adam Shulman, Jonathan Rice for Somewhere Pictures; and Milch. 

An Academy Award nominee for her portrayal of iconic artist Frida Kahlo in the 2002 biopic “Frida,” Hayek Pinault recently starred in Ridley Scott’s crime drama “House of Gucci”opposite Lady Gaga, Adam Driver and Jared Leto as well as in Marvel’s “Eternals” along with Gemma Chan, Richard Madden and Angelina Jolie. She next will star in the animated “Shrek” spinoff “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish,” opposite Channing Tatum in “Magic Mike’s Last Dance” and in Jolie’s upcoming directorial project, “Without Blood,” along with Demián Bichir.  

An Oscar winner for the 2012 film adaptation of “Les Miserables,” Hathaway was nominated for her first Academy Award for the 2008 drama “Rachel Getting Married.” She starred this year in WeWork founder Adam Neumann in the fact-based Apple TV+ series “WeCrashed,” opposite Leto, and in James Grey’s autobiographical drama “Armageddon Time” alongside Jeremy Strong, Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Chastain.  


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