Studio News: Focus Features announces 2011 slate
"Jane Eyre" will begin its platform release in selected cities on Friday, March, 2011. The film based on Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel just wrapped principal photography and is directed by Cary Fukunaga, whose debut feature was Focus’ award-winning "Sin Nombre." Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell, Juid Dench, Sally Hawkins, Tamzin Merchant, and Imogen Poots star in the romantic drama. In the story, Jane Eyre (Ms. Wasikowska) flees Thornfield House, where she works as a governess for wealthy Edward Rochester (Mr. Fassbender). The isolated and imposing residence – and Mr. Rochester’s coldness – have sorely tested the young woman’s resilience, forged years earlier when she was orphaned. As Jane reflects upon her past and recovers her natural curiosity, she will return to Mr. Rochester – and the terrible secret that he is hiding. The screenplay adaptation is by Moira Buffini; Ruby Films’ Alison Owen, an Academy Award nominee for "Elizabeth," and Paul Trijbits are producing "Jane Eyre." Christine Langan, Creative Director of BBC Films, is executive-producing for the BBC.
"Hanna" will open nationwide on Friday, April 8, 2011, and wraps production next month on location in Europe. BAFTA Award winner Joe Wright, whose films include Focus’ "Atonement" and "Pride & Prejudice," is directing the movie. "Hanna" stars Academy Award nominee Saoirse Ronan, Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett (left), and Eric Bana. Hanna (Ms. Ronan) is a teenage girl. Uniquely, she has the strength, the stamina, and the smarts of a solider; these come from being raised by her father (Mr. Bana), an ex-CIA man, in the wilds of Finland. Living a life unlike any other teenager, her upbringing and training have been one and the same, all geared to making her the perfect assassin. The turning point in her adolescence is a sharp one; sent into the world by her father on a mission, Hanna journeys stealthily across Europe while eluding agents dispatched after her by a ruthless intelligence operative with secrets of her own (Ms. Blanchett). As she nears her ultimate target, Hanna faces startling revelations about her existence and unexpected questions about her humanity. Hanna also stars Jason Flemyng, Tom Hollander, Olivia Williams, and Martin Wuttke. Seth Lochhead wrote the initial screenplay and has written subsequent drafts, as have David Farr, Joe Penhall, and Mr. Wright. Academy Award nominee Leslie Holleran ("Chocolat") is producing "Hanna" with the team of Marty Adelstein and Scott Nemes.
"One Day" will open in the third quarter of 2011, and will star Academy Award nominee Anne Hathaway (right, in "The Devil Wears Prada"). Production on the movie will commence in July, under the direction of Lone Scherfig, who most recently helmed the Best Picture Academy Award nominee "An Education." David Nicholls has completed adapting the screenplay, based on his acclaimed novel of the same name. Emma (Ms. Hathaway) and Dexter meet on the night of their graduation – July 15th, 1988. She is a working-class girl of principle and ambition who dreams of making the world a better place. He is a wealthy charmer who dreams that the world will be his playground. But where will they be on this day next year, and the year after that? Over 20 years, we check in on Emma and Dexter every July 15th, and watch as their friendship ebbs and flows with the passing of the years. Through love and loss, heartbreak and success, hopes fulfilled and dreams shattered, these two souls experience the sometimes wonderful, sometimes tragic, often hysterical but always moving, grandeur of life. Somewhere along their journey, they realize that sometimes what you are looking for has been right there in front of you all along.
Current and upcoming 2010 Focus Features releases include the unique nonfiction feature "Babies," directed by Thomas Balmès; Anton Corbijn’s suspense thriller "The American," starring George Clooney; writer/directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s "It’s Kind of a Funny Story"; Academy Award-winning writer/director Sofia Coppola’s "Somewhere"; and Lisa Cholodenko’s "The Kids Are All Right," starring Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, and Mark Ruffalo.
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