Entertainment One’s Seville International, Les Films Séville, Lyla Films and Sons of Manual have announced this week that “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan” starring Jessica Chastain and Kit Harington will roll in 2016, for a spring shoot – Variety is reporting. Susan Sarandon and Kathy Bates have also joined the project as well.
The film will focus on a young actor who recalls his penpal relationship with his American TV idol who died 10 years earlier, exploring the hardships of fame and hurdles of the movie business, and reflects on the issue of identity and diversity in Hollywood over the past decade.
“I’ve been meaning to tell that story for a long time – before I wrote ‘I Killed My Mother.’ It always is precarious to venture into movies on movies. Everyone scowls when they hear about the next movie on the business. But this isn’t a movie on the business. It is a movie about a man trying to make it, trying to live his dream and his life all at once, and being told that he basically can’t. It also is about a kid dreaming of having this man’s life for all the wrong reasons, not realizing how painful it actually is. I was that kid, writing love letters to actors – as a matter of fact it seems like I still am. And that story is a tribute to both the kid I was and the idols of my childhood – some died, some just disappeared without a trace, because they didn’t fit.
There were moments of doubt where I thought I couldn’t make that film, or tell that story, but it is so deeply anchored within me and such an important part of the past years of my life spent witnessing all the peculiarities, contradictions, inequities and phobias of this business that I realized I just had to make this movie, no matter what. And dye Jessica’s hair carmine red, asap.”