Reese’s former Pacific Standard producing partner Bruna Papandrea spoke to the Aussie Daily Telegraph recently about what the twosome are still working on together, despite their recent split:
Bruna Papandrea and Reese Witherspoon still have a lot of work to do together
THERE’S no bad blood between acclaimed Aussie producer Bruna Papandrea and former production partner Reese Witherspoon.
The duo last month announced the shock dissolution of their creative partnership but Papandrea says they will continue to work together on a slate of upcoming projects.
“We’re just getting closer to what’s next, Reese and I still have 25 projects together,” Papandrea told Confidential.
Papandrea, 45, and the Sweet Home Alabama star joined forces in 2012, forming production company Pacific Standard that counts box office smash hit Gone Girl and Oscar winner Wild among its credits.
But in September this year, they announced the dissolution of their creative partnership, with Witherspoon retaining the production company while Papandrea creates a new venture.
“Bruna is a hardworking, extremely talented producer. I’m happy to further collaborate with her on the strong slate of Pacific Standard properties,” Witherspoon said in a statement at the time.
Before they part ways entirely, they will collaborate on a number of upcoming projects, including the adaptation of Liane Moriaty’s novel Big Little Lies that will star Witherspoon alongside Australians Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts.
“We’re in post (production) on that TV series, that’s airing on HBO next February. We just put out the first teasers, that’s exciting,” she said.
“We have the rights to the book Luckiest Girl Alive, that was a big book last year. I’m really excited about that. We have this fantastic original script from Fox Searchlight, who we did Wild with, that Reese is going to star in. There are so many things, we’ll see what comes to the surface first.”
Papandrea’s as-yet unnamed new venture will continue to do what the duo became noted for — making films about strong female characters.
“A hundred per cent. Why stop now? We’re only just getting started,” the Australian-born Hollywood heavyweight laughed.
Like Pacific Standard, Papandrea’s new project will also continue to take novels to the big screen as well as developing original material.
“I think both — books have become such a big part of my life, and I’m such a big fan of great writing and great novelists,” she said.
(Sydney Confidential, The Daily Telegraph)