EXCLUSIVE: Laurie Collyer will next direct an adaptation of Erica Jong‘s iconic Fear Of Flying. This was the erotic publishing phenomenon a la Fifty Shades Of Grey, selling over 27 million copies worldwide to become one of the top 50 bestselling novels in publishing history. Donald Kushner (Tron Legacy, Monster), Leigh Ann Burton and Piers Ashworth have set up the project to produce for Blu-Sky Media, along with Mark Damon and Remington Chase (Lone Survivor, End Of Watch) via his Envision Entertainment. Nostradamus scribe Piers Ashworth wrote the script, and producers plan to begin production later this year, shooting throughout Europe. Nice to see the groundbreaking book is still viable as it gets an international re-release marking its 40th year on bookshelves.
Fear Of Flying tells the story of Isadora Wing, who combats her failing marriage by taking an existential sexual odyssey across Europe. She searches for the “zipless fuck”, which is sex for the sake of sex without any attachment beyond carnal pleasure, something she discovers is elusive because of the baggage each partner brings when they get between the sheets. The book turned the author into a household name and became a ’70s culture phenomenon. “I am so excited to be directing a film about a woman’s sexuality that is in turn smart, sensual, neurotic, erotic, charming and real”, says Collyer. “I embrace the challenge of taking Erica Jong’s iconic novel from the ’70s and turning into an iconic movie of the our time.” Collyer’s latest, Sunlight Jr, recently premiered at Tribeca, with Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon starring, and she previously wrote and directed Sherrybaby, which starred Maggie Gyllenhaal. Collyer is represented by Resolution, Principato/Young and Ira Schreck and Ashworth is repped by Resolution, Casarotto Ramsey and Lev Ginsburg.