Worldview Entertainment has signed on to finance and produce Song One, that drama that will star Anne Hathaway. Kate Barker-Froyland will direct her own screenplay and Worldview’s Christopher Woodrow and Molly Conners will produce alongside Marc Platt, Jonathan Demme, Hathaway and Adam Shulman. Shooting begins May 29 in New York, with Worldview’s Maria Cestone, Sarah Johnson Redlich and Hoyt David Morgan executive producing. Hathaway plays a young woman who strikes up a relationship with her ailing brother’s favorite musician. Lotus will handle international sales and introduce the film to foreign buyers this week in Cannes while CAA, who arranged financing, will sell domestic.
“Anne is a brilliant actress and we think she is perfect for this project. We have a very strong creative team and we are looking forward to the start of filming in a couple of weeks,” said Woodrow, Worldview’s CEO. Worldview is separately co-financing with New Regency the Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu’s comedy Birdman for Fox Searchlight to release, with Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis and Edward Norton starring; and is teamed with Summit/Lionsgate on the Daniel Espinosa-directed Child 44 with Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman and Joel Kinnaman starring. The company is also re-teaming with David Gordon Green on the drama Manglehorn with Al Pacino. Worldview also backed a trio of films making world premieres at Cannes: the James Gray-directed The Immigrant with Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner; the Arnaud Desplechin’s drama Jimmy P. starring Benicio Del Toro; and the Guillaume Canet-directed Blood Ties with Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, Cotillard, Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana and James Caan.