EXCLUSIVE: Patty Jenkins, whose last film about a female killer won an Oscar for Charlize Theron in Monster, will helm Sweetheart, an action film about a young hit woman. This one is a lot more light-hearted. Scripted by Jack Stanley (who’s currently writing the Fox sequel Chronicle 2), Sweetheart revolves around a heroine trying to escape the murder business, but finds herself right back in the mix after a high school reunion and a one night stand. The script made the 2013 Black List and put Stanley on the map as a writer. Michael Costigan and Jewerl Ross are producing.
It’s refreshing to see a female-driven film helmed by a woman. Jenkins has begun meeting actresses to play the lead role, and the producers will then shop the package for financing. Jenkins, who directed the pilot for the AMC series The Killing and at one point had been signed to direct Thor 2 before creative differences with Marvel, just directed the TV pilot Exposed for ABC and Universal TV. She’s repped by CAA and Anonymous Content, Stanley by CAA and his manager, Jewerl Ross.