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Hilary Swank To Star In & EP ‘Before She Disappeared’ Series Adaptation From eOne

Entertainment One has acquired the rights to bestselling author Lisa Gardner’s novel Before She Disappeared with Oscar winner Hillary Swank set to star and executive produce via her Film Bandits banner.

Gardner’s novel, published by Penguin Randomhouse in January, follows Frankie Elkin, a recovering alcoholic who travels light and is obsessed with locating missing people whose cases have been dismissed, overlooked, or marginalized.

Swank and Phillip Schneider will executive produce for Film Bandits along with Guymon Casady and Justin Grey Stone of Entertainment 360, Rene Rigal and Nuno Bettencourt of Atlantis Entertainment and David Thwaites of Ember20.

Gardner is the author of more than 20 suspense novels, published in more than 30 countries. She began her career writing romantic suspense under the pseudonym Alicia Scott, before the publication of her breakout domestic thriller, The Perfect Husband, in 1997. TV and movie credits include CBS’ At the Midnight House and The Survivors Club, TNT’s Hide and Instinct to Kill. The second book in Gardner’s Frankie Elkin series One Step Too Far will publish January 18, 2022 from Dutton.

Swank has won Academy Awards for her roles in Boys Don’t Cry and Million Dollar Baby. Her other credits include The Gift, Insomnia, Black Dahlia, Freedom Writers, The Reaping and P.S. I Love You. Swank also is set to star in and exec produce an Alaska-set drama pilot for ABC from Spotlight and Stillwater director Tom McCarthy. She most recently starred in and executive produced Away at Netflix. She is repped by WME, Management 360, and Jackoway Austen Tyerman.

Source: https://deadline.com

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Misha Collins Will Produce ‘The Daryl Davis Project’ Alongside Hilary Swank

Deon and Roxanne Avent Taylor’s Hidden Empire Film Group is set to produce and finance “The Daryl Davis Project” alongside Misha Collins, Trish Hofmann, Victoria Vantoch, Philip Schneider and two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank.

The new project tells the true story of Daryl Davis (pictured above), a Black pianist who uses music to forge unlikely friendships with members of the KKK with the mission to turn their hearts away from an allegiance to white supremacy. Davis began his mission to fight racism in the 1980s, and he now proudly owns the hoods and robes of more than 200 former Klansmen who turned them over to him.

The film will be adapted from Davis’ autobiography, “Klan-destine Relationships: A Black Man’s Odyssey in the Ku Klux Klan.” Hofmann and Collins first optioned the story from Davis and the producing team is now actively seeking a writer to pen the film’s script.

“This story couldn’t be timelier and the fact that it’s real makes it even more compelling,” Taylor tells Variety of the project. “Daryl is one of those great examples how one individual can make a massive change in the world no matter who they are, where they come from or their color of skin.”

Hofmann and Collins add: “What we love about the story, is that it’s about a man who combats racism head on by going directly to its most overt perpetuators, and treats them like humans — thereby forcing them to discover that hatred is impossible when there is connection,”

“Finding our commonalities is so important in this day and age,” Swank concludes. “When we find what can unite us, we can help delimit what can divide us. This story is a shining testament to that. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be developing Daryl’s story and we are thrilled to have Deon and his team to shepherd this to the screen.”

Source: https://variety.com/

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Hilary Swank To Star In & EP Alaska-Set Drama Pilot For ABC

Hilary Swank is to star in and exec produce a drama pilot for ABC that comes from Spotlight and Stillwater director Tom McCarthy.

The Away and Boy’s Don’t Cry star will play a star journalist who moves to Alaska for a fresh start after a career-killing misstep, and finds redemption personally and professionally joining a daily metro newspaper in Anchorage.

The Untitled Alaska Project, which is one of the most high-profile network drama development projects of the season, will be written, directed and exec produced by Tom McCarthy through his Slow Pony production company. McCarthy is coming off the back of Matt Damon-fronted feature Stillwater.

Former Fox 21 Television Studios boss Bert Salke, will exec produce through this Co-lab21 banner. McCarthy previously worked with Salke at Fox21, where he signed an overall deal in 2019.

The pilot marks McCarthy’s first broadcast network project. He wrote the pilot of Showtime’s Roger Ailes miniseries The Loudest Voice, and executive produced and directed select episodes of Netflix series 13 Reasons Why.

Similarly, it marks Swank’s live-action return to broadcast television for the first time in more than 20 years. The two-time Oscar winner, who starred in FX’s Trust, previously starred in Season 8 of Beverly Hills, 90210.

Slow Pony’s Melissa Wells will exec produce alongside Anchorage Daily News President and CEO Ryan Binkley and reporter Kyle Hopkins.

The off-cycle pilot order comes after ABC made decisions earlier this summer about the status of its last set of pilots, passing on Triage, Dark Horse, Kevin Costner-exec produced National Parks Investigation and Epic and picking up Promised Land to series.

Swank is repped by WME, Management 360 and Jackoway Tyerman, McCarthy is repped by Gersh and Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz and Anchorage Daily News and Kyle Hopkins are repped by CAA.

Source: https://deadline.com/

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Hilary Swank To Play Racing Pioneer Janet Guthrie In ‘Speed Girl’ Feature Adaptation

Hilary Swank is revving up her next feature project.

The Away star is set to play Janet Guthrie, a pilot turned racecar driver who smashed barriers to become the first woman to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 and Daytona 500.

She is attached to star and produce the film, which comes from Joel David Moore and Rishi Bajaj’s Balcony 9 Productions. The two-time Oscar winner – for her performances in Boys Don’t Cry and Million Dollar Baby – is coming off Netflix space drama series Away and Deon Taylor’s feature thriller Fatale.

The feature is based on Stephan Talty’s book Speed Girl.

Set in the 1970s when the fight for women’s rights was gaining speed, Guthrie made a bid for the Indianapolis 500 in 1976 despite relentless opposition from the racing establishment and the men she hoped to race against. Janet qualified for the race in 1978 where she finished in the top ten, destroying many widely-held stereotypes about female drivers. The film will bring Guthrie’s passion and persistence vividly to life, immersing viewers in the untold story of the woman who came to Indy just hoping to qualify and left a trailblazer, inspiring generations of future female racers.

Swank, who has previously produced features including Freedom Writers and Conviction, and her husband Philip Schneider will exec produce alongside Balcony 9’s Joel David Moore and Rishi Bajaj.

“This is an incredible true story about female empowerment and going after your dreams” said Swank. “When I was approached with Janet Guthrie’s story by the great team at Balcony 9, I immediately said yes. I can’t wait to bring her inspiring life to the screen.”

“Janet Guthrie was a fighter who wouldn’t let anything stand in the way of her dreams. Her excellence in the face of sexism, hardship, and sabotage resonates even more profoundly today,” added Moore.

The deal was negotiated by Hillary Jones of Jones and Jones Law Group and Jackoway, Austen, Tyerman, Wertheimer, Mandelbaum, Morris, Bernstein, Trattner, & Klein.

Swank, Moore and Balcony 9 Productions are represented by Management 360.

Source: https://deadline.com/

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Fatale Trailer: Hilary Swank & Michael Ealy Star in Lionsgate’s New Thriller

Lionsgate has released the official Fatale trailer for their upcoming psychological thriller film, featuring Michael Ealy as his character’s perfect life gets completely overturned after having an affair with a mysterious woman. Also starring Oscar winner Hilary Swank, the film is scheduled to make its debut in theaters on Friday, December 18.