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‘The Diary of a Teenage Girl,’ ‘Tangerine,’ and ‘The End of the Tour’ Directors Plan New Features

Written by on April 19, 2016 

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Add another title to the ever-expanding Bad Robot slate: according to The Wrap, J.J. Abrams and Daisy Ridley will reunite — this time as producer and star, respectively — on Kolma, a remake of the 2003 Israeli picture All I’ve Got and, it seems, the next directorial effort for Diary of a Teenage Girl helmer Marielle Heller. While the outline could (and likely will, in some ways) change from one iteration to the next, it’s worth noting that the original incarnation concerned a woman who, reflecting on the accident that left her then-lover dead, is left to choose between joining him in the afterlife or returning to the day of said accident.

Despite the marshaling of forces, including a new draft by scribe Megan Holley (Sunshine Cleaning), word on when production might kick off remains unclear — though one imagines another Abrams-produced, Ridley-led outing will need to wrap before things move forward.

"Smashed" New York PremiereSeeking the A24 hat-trick, James Ponsoldt (The End of the Tour, The Spectacular Now) will write and direct the studio’s adaptation of Rob Tannenbaum and Craig MarksI Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution — a feature likely to lose the second half of that title once it’s shipped off to theaters, if ever there was one. [The Wrap]

It’ll also tell of MTV’s first ten years, a time when the network bore a name meant much of anything and, in turn, changed the world around it. Could this film do the same? Probably not, but a solid collection of clips, good soundtrack (something Ponsoldt has shown himself to be serious about in efforts past), and some semblance of cliché-light narrative might do us well.

sean-baker_2Speaking of acclaimed independent filmmakers who released a feature in 2015, Deadline has word that the newly formed June Pictures are getting involved with Sean Baker (Tangerine, Starlet) and his The Florida Project. Scripted by the director and frequent collaborator Chris Bergoch, it concerns “a precocious 6-year-old and her rag-tag group of close friends whose summer break is filled with childhood wonder, possibility, and a sense of adventure, while their parents and the adults around them struggle with hard times.”

Unlike Tangerine‘s gritty, in-the-moment, on-the-street aesthetic approach — lest we forget how much “this whole movie was shot on an iPhone!” was heard around the world last summer — The Florida Project, in a move perhaps befitting its nostalgic subject matter, is to be photographed on 35mm. Cameras are expect to roll this summer, with the director’s Cre Film producing alongside Freestlye Picture Co. In the meantime, read our interview with Baker.


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