‘The Path’ grad Jessica Goldberg will serve as showrunner on ‘Away,’ with Ed Zwick set to direct the pilot.
Hilary Swank is continuing her TV push.
The actress, who most recently starred on the FX drama Trust, has been tapped to topline Netflix’s space drama series Away.
From Jason Katims (Parenthood) and Matt Reeves (Batman, The Passage), Away centers on Emma Green, an American astronaut who must leave her husband and teenage daughter behind to command an international space crew embarking on a treacherous mission. The drama explores hope, humanity and how people need one another in order to achieve the impossible.
Jessica Goldberg has signed on to serve as showrunner, reuniting with Katims following Hulu’s The Path. Ed Zwick (Nashville, The Last Samurai) will direct the first episode and executive produce. Andrew Hinderaker will pen the script for the first episode and exec produce alongside Katims, Reeves and his Sixth and Idaho topper Adam Kassan; former True Jack head of development Michelle Lee (the pilot); and Katims’ current True Jack topper Jeni Mulein (episodes two through 10). Away is loosely inspired by Chris Jones’ Esquire story of the same name.
The project marks Swank’s latest TV series role. The two-time Oscar winner (Boys Don’t Cry, Million Dollar Baby) is fresh off Trust, which was her highest-profile TV foray since recurring in the late 1990s on Beverly Hills, 90210. She is repped by WME, Management 360 and Jackoway Austen.
Away is being produced by Universal Television and represents one of Katims’ (Parenthood, Friday Night Lights) last series for the studio before he departs his longtime home for a deal with Apple starting in the summer. He also has the Fox drama pilot Sisters looking likely for a series pickup, and the Amazon pilot On the Spectrum.
Following its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, Netflix acquired I Am Mother, the Australian sci-fi thriller from first time director Grant Sputore.
The film stars Acadamy Award-winning actress Hilary Swank as a stranger who is taken into a bunker where they have doubts about one of the hosts and their claims about the outside world. Insidious‘ Rose Byrne will be lending her voice to the evil robot.
Bloody Disgusting learned just now that the film will arrive on Netflix June 7, 2019.
“I Am Mother is a sci-fi thriller about a teenage girl (Clara Rugaard), who is the first of a new generation of humans to be raised by Mother (Byrne), a robot designed to repopulate the earth after the extinction of humankind. But the pair’s unique relationship is threatened when an injured stranger (Swank) arrives with news that calls into question everything Daughter has been told about the outside world and her Mother’s intentions.”
Meredith Borders reviewed the film, explaining that it “brings the suspense to smart sci-fi.”
The Sundance Film Festival may have wrapped up on Saturday, but the sales haven’t stopped. Netflix has finalized a deal for North American rights to “I Am Mother,” a sci-fi thriller that stars Hilary Swank.
The film strikes a cautionary note about the dangers of automation. It is set in a dystopic future, one in which humanity has largely been wiped out. In this setting, a teenage girl (Clara Rugaard) is raised to be the first of a new generation of humans. She is created by “Mother” (Rose Byrne), a robot designed to repopulate Earth, and brought up in a bunker. The bond between robot and “daughter” is strained with the arrival of a badly injured stranger (Swank), a woman who is deeply distrustful of “Mother” for reasons that soon become clear. “I Am Mother” marks the feature film directing debut of Grant Sputore. He cooked up the story with Michael Lloyd Green, who wrote the script.
In Grant Sputore’s feature film debut I Am Mother, we are brought into a dystopian world where the human race is extinct and a robot named Mother (voiced by Rose Byrne) commences her protocol in a high-tech bunker deep beneath the Earth’s surface. Clara Ruggard plays a young woman born from a test-tube embryo and raised by Mother, while a Hilary Swank plays a wounded woman who arrives at the bunker door, doubting Mother’s account of the earth’s fate and threatens the unique bond between Mother and her “daughter.” The Oscar-winning actress was immediately drawn to the A.I.-driven story and the role.
“I connected to the survivalist in my character,” says Swank in Deadline’s Sundance studio. She adds that her character begs the question, “What do you do when you’re faced with a post-apocalyptic world?”
Sputore chimes in: “You want to be with Hilary Swank!”
Swank thanks Sputore and continues, “I am fascinated by people who persevere… I was immediately drawn to the entire script and all the characters.”
Rugaard says that there is “crazy genius brains” behind the film, referring to Sputore’s vision and the script by Michael Lloyd Green. In addition to being a story focusing on A.I. she adds, “It’s also a coming of age story…she’s very relatable. She has a very cool journey throughout.”
Swank echoes the praise for the work by Sputore and Green saying that it was a “smart idea” and they articulated the vision well.
“It’s an important time to evaluate what our relationship with technology could look like in the coming years,” Sputore says.