EXCLUSIVE: LD Entertainment and Bliss Media have joined Protozoa Pictures’ Jackie to finance and produce the film from director Pablo Larraín. Shooting is underway in Paris on the movie that follows the movements of Jacqueline Kennedy after the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy. Check out the first photo of Natalie Portman as the late First Lady.
Darren Aronofsky is producing with his Protozoa partners Scott Franklin and Ari Handel, along with Fabula Films’ Juan de Dios Larraín and LD Entertainment CEO Mickey Liddell. Bliss Media is co-financing and co-producing, and its China-based company Bliss Media China will distribute the pic in that territory.
Noah Oppenheim (Allegiant) penned the script which was on the 2010 Black List.
Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, and John Hurt also star in the pic. Larraín scored an Oscar nomination with his 2012 film No and has a Golden Globe nomination for El Club this year; he’s also tipped to be shortlisted for the Foreign Language Oscar later this week. Jackie is his first English-language feature.
“Pablo is a masterful filmmaker, the cast is top notch, and we are thrilled to be working with him and our producing partners,” says Liddell. LD’s recent productions include Niki Caro’s The Zookeeper’s Wife, starring Jessica Chastain and Daniel Bruhl; Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s Leavey, starring Kate Mara and Edie Falco; Sean Ellis’ Anthropoid, with Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan; and Risen with Joseph Fiennes and Tom Felton.
Bliss Media is a co-producer on Michael Mann’s Ferrari starring Christian Bale and is in development on The Dragon & The Phoenix. Its Bliss Media China also recently nabbed Chinese distribution rights to the Mel Gibson-helmed Hacksaw Ridge.
Vincent Maraval’s Insiders represents international rights to Jackie, with CAA handling the U.S.
Executive producers are LD’s Jayne Hong, Pete Shilaimon, and Jennifer Monroe; Why Not Productions’ Pascal Caucheteux; Bliss Media’s Wei Han; and Protozoa’s Joshua Stern.