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Daisy Ridley And J.J. Abrams May Reteam For Female-Directed Fantasy Thriller

By Kristy Puchko | Industry | April 19, 2016 |

By Kristy Puchko | Industry | April 19, 2016 |

With Star Wars: The Force Awakens, director/producer J.J. Abrams launched a charming new starlet into orbit, the lovely Daisy Ridley. Already, the two are looking to reteam outside of a galaxy far far away for a fantasy thriller called Kolma.

THR reports the Abrams-produced pic is a remake of the 2003 Israeli TV movie All I’ve Got (or Kol Ma She’Yesh Li). Ridley is in talks with Paramount to play the heroine whose life is pitched into tragedy when her boyfriend dies in a car accident. Cut to decades later, she’s on her deathbed and is offered the choice to go back. She’d lose her memories of the last fifty years, including those of her husband and children, but she’d be reunited with her first love.

And seemingly in-keeping with Abrams’ goal to be more inclusive in his hiring, Marielle Heller, who drew rave reviews for her directorial debut The Diary of a Teenage Girl, is in talks to helm.

This shouldn’t be super surprising, because often an indie that gets the kind of buzz that Diary did scores its director a sweet studio follow-up gig. But such opportunities are far more common for your Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed to Jurassic World), Gareth Edward (Monsters to Godzilla) and Mark Webb ((500) Days of Summer to The Amazing Spider-Man) than your Jennifer Kent (The Babadook to Alice + Freda Forever), Dee Rees (Pariah to the TV movie Bessie) and Debra Granik (The Academy Award-winning Winter’s Bone to the low-budget doc Stray Dog.)

Kristy Puchko would appreciate if you spare her the groundless generalization that female directors overwhelmingly choose to not take on big budget productions. Instead read this.

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Kristy Puchko is the managing editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.