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Jennifer Lawrence is set to star & produce the Zelda Fitzgerald Biopic 'Zelda'

Jennifer Lawrence is gearing up to play Jazz Age icon Zelda Fitzgerald.

The drama, which is currently titled Zelda, is being developed by Ron Howard (Inferno), who is eyeing it as a potential directing vehicle.

Lawrence and producing partner Justine Ciarrocchi also will serve as producers.

Based on a screenplay by Emma Frost (The White Queen), the story centers on Zelda Fitzgerald, the wife of author F. Scott Fitzgerald and his indispensable muse and fiercest competitor. Desperate to define herself through her own art, the film explores the question: Can love exist between creative equals? Born in Montgomery, Alabama, Zelda Fitzgerald was dubbed by her husband as “the first American Flapper,” but her life descended into madness (she was diagnosed with schizophrenia).

The filmmakers optioned Nancy Milford’s best-selling biography Zelda, which served as the inspiration for the screenplay.

Oliver’s Cross Creek Pictures, whose other recent films include Black Mass and the upcoming Tom Cruise film Mena, is in talks finance and produce the movie.

As a producer, Shearmur is becoming a force in the area of female-led tentpoles, having produced Disney’s live-action Cinderella and the upcoming Felicity Jones-led Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. She also is an executive producer on the new Power Rangers film and the highly anticipated ABC musical event Dirty Dancing.

Lawrence will next be seen in Sony’s Passengers, which opens Dec. 21. She most recently starred in David O. Russell’s Joy, for which she received her fourth Oscar nomination.

Lawrence, Howard and Shearmur are repped by CAA.



Cross Creek to Finance Eli Roth’s Clown and Aftershock Source: Cross Creek Pictures November 17, 2010 Brian Oliver, President of Cross Creek Pictures and Steven Chester Prince, President of Vertebra Films announced today they have partnered to fully finance two horror projects with Eli Roth producing.

 Cross Creek Pictures will handle all distribution rights for the two films in conjunction with CAA. Financing will be provided by Vertebra Films, an equity fund recently started by Prince, a former executive at Cross Creek.

 The first project Roth will produce is Clown, with Jon Watts directing and Watts and Christopher D. Ford writing the screenplay. Watts has directed numerous commercials as well as music videos for artists including Fatboy Slim and TV On The Radio.

 Clown follows the story of a loving father who dons a clown outfit and make-up to perform at his son’s sixth birthday, only to later discover the costume – red nose and wig included – will not come off, and his own personality changing in horrific fashion. To break the curse of the evil outfit, the father must make grim choices with his own family facing danger.

 Clown recently appeared on the internet as a viral video “trailer” put together by Ford and Watts. Boldly splashing industry names such as Lionsgate, Screen Gems and Roth himself, the Hostel-esque trailer gained Ford and Watts immediate notoriety and meetings with Roth, Prince and Oliver. Production is aiming for the first quarter in 2011.