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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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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 reprise PS, I Love You role on screen for sequel Postscript

Hilary Swank will reprise the role of Holly Kennedy in Postscript, the sequel to PS, I Love You.

Author Cecelia Ahern revealed the news that the second book in the series will be adapted for the big screen and once again star the Oscar-winning actress.

Speaking to Ryan Tubridy on RTE Radio 1, the best-selling author revealed that Swank had contacted her directly about returning for the role of Holly Kennedy.

“One of the first people to email me when she heard the news was Hilary Swank,” she said.

“She was so excited, she wanted to read the book and said ”I would love to support you in any way, shape or form’. Then she read the book and she said ”I want to make this movie’.”

PS, I Love You was published in 2004 when Cecelia was just 21 and she sold a million copies. The author has now reached sales of over 25 million in 50 countries and penned 12 books.

Postscript picks up with Holly seven years after the death of her husband Gerry. Speaking to the Sunday Independent recently, Cecelia said it was the hardest book she has ever had to write and was initially reluctant to write it.

“When I got the idea I was like ‘I’m still not going to do it’. But the idea wouldn’t go away,” she said.

“It kept growing and growing, and I heard the sentences in my head. And that’s when I know I need to write it. So I secretly wrote the first chapter to myself. Just to see how it was going to go. And I cried my eyes out. It really touched my soul, I was right back to when I wrote P.S. I Love You. I was right back in there.”

She said the process of writing Postscript was ‘intense’ because it brought her back to the time when she wrote PS, I Love You.

“And I think that was why writing Postscript was doubly so, not just because of the subject matter, but because it was so linked to my experience the first time. It kept bringing me back to who I was and how my life was and how things changed.”

PS, I Love You was adapted for the big screen in 2007 starring Swank and Gerard Butler. It was filmed across locations in Ireland.

Source: https://www.independent.ie

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Hilary Swank Says Desire to Tell Stories Same, ‘No Matter Who President Is’

One day after President Donald Trump launched an attack against “racist” Hollywood – a tirade that appeared to be inspired by the upcoming film “The Hunt,” starring Hilary Swank – the actress told reporters at the Locarno Film Festival that it’s “important to celebrate our differences” and that the president’s divisive politics haven’t changed her intent to tell meaningful stories.

“My desire to tell certain stories has always been the same, no matter who the president is,” she said. “The choices that I’ve made pretty much inform who I am as a person, and that’s not going to change no matter what’s happening.”

Swank co-stars in the upcoming Blumhouse film about a group of strangers who wake up in a forest, only to discover they’re being hunted for sport by rich vacationers. Universal suspended its marketing campaign for “The Hunt” in the wake of last week’s shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, while Fox News and other conservative outlets have criticized the film ahead of its Sep. 27 release.

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Day 3 – 72nd Locarno Film Festival

Hilary attended the Leopard Club Award during the 72nd Locarno Film Festival on August 9 in Locarno, Switzerland. She received the prestigious Leopard Club Award, which is the festival’s lifetime achievement award, in recognition of her work.

The 45-year-old actress looked stunning in an asymmetrical Giorgio Armani cocktail dress, that featured a sparkly ruffled blue skirt underneath a more structural waist and bust in shades of black, cream and blue.

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– Events Day 3 – 72nd Locarno Film Festival – August 9 2019