The flood of AFM project packages has started (how many of them actually happen is a question for another day), and FilmNation has announced it will handle international sales for the Jonathan Glazer-directed Under the Skin. Scarlett Johansson has been attached to star in the science fiction film scripted by Walter Campbell and Glazer, the latter of whom directed Sexy Beast. She plays an alien on earth, disguised as a mesmerizing woman who uses her voracious sexuality to scour remote highways and desolate scenery to snare human prey. It’s based on a Michel Faber novel. Said FilmNation CEO Glen Basner: “We’re so excited to be working on this arrestingly original movie. How could we pass up the chance to work with a visionary director like Jonathan, especially when combined with the intriguing notion of Scarlett Johansson as a ruthless alien seductress?” Nick Wechsler is producing with James Wilson and Film4’s Tessa Ross is exec producing and the UK Film Council and Scottish Screen are also involved.
FilmNation hopes to get started in the spring, but they haven’t been the only one who’s noticed Johansson. She’s in the mix for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, Lionsgate wanted her for Pride, Prejudice and Zombies. Most pressing, she’s front runner to star for Cameron Crowe opposite Matt Damon in We Bought A Zoo at Fox.
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