Friday, May 29, 2015

Joe Wright getting onboard The Lifeboat with Anne Hathaway?


I can't seem to get away from Joe Wright lately. Anne Hathaway who has the screen rights to Charlotte Rogan's 2012 debut novel The Lifeboat is getting serious about getting this movie made and is looking at Joe Wright to direct. Yesterday we took a look back at Carey Mulligan's feature film debut, Pride and Prejudice which Wright directed. He also helmed Anna Karenina (in giving you my take, I cleverly called it Anna Klostraphobia) and the upcoming Pan hitting your local theater in October.

Anne Hathaway in The Intern costarring Robert DeNiro

Cast Away screenwriter William Broyles Jr., is writing the script for The Lifeboat based on Rogan's book; I'm assuming Hathaway would play Grace. It sounds like a very juicy project!
Grace Winter, 22, is both a newlywed and a widow. She is also on trial for her life.
In the summer of 1914, the elegant ocean liner carrying Grace and her husband Henry across the Atlantic suffers a mysterious explosion. Setting aside his own safety, Henry secures Grace a place in a lifeboat, which the survivors quickly realize has exceeded capacity. For any to live, some must die.
As the castaways battle the elements and each other, Grace recollects the unorthodox way she and Henry met, and the new life of privilege she thought she'd found. Will she pay any price to keep it?
THE LIFEBOAT is a page-turning novel of hard choices and survival, narrated by a woman as unforgettable and complex as the events she describes.
Intriguing plot which should spark lots of lifeboat ethics conversations! Who stays, who goes, how do you decide, and who makes the decision? And in that regard, maybe strikes a similar chord to Alfred Hitchcock's The Lifeboat made in 1944, although in that film, the Nazi who torpedoed the sunken ship ends up in the lifeboat with the survivors.

Either way, it sounds tantalizing. What do you think? Have you read the book? Is Anne, admittedly not twenty two, still right for the part? 

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