Reese Witherspoon, Fox 2000 Tackling Vietnam Drama ‘League of Wives’
Fox 2000 and Reese Witherspoon are tackling the story of a little-known but key part of the Vietnam War.
The studio has preemptively acquired The League of Wives, an upcoming non-fiction book by Heath Lee, for Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine banner to produce an adaptation.
The book, which is to be published by St. Martin’s Press in April 2019, tells of a group of women — wives of military men who would never describe themselves as feminists — that banded together to save their husbands. When their fighter pilot husbands were shot down, captured and imprisoned for years under deplorable conditions during the Vietnam War, the group of well-educated military wives transformed into a league of take-charge lobbyists, human rights activists and even spies determined to do everything in their power to bring their POW and MIA spouses home. By 1973, the group had brought back 115 men.
“At Hello Sunshine, we strive to showcase brave, brilliant female characters, and the women of League of Wives are all of that and more,” Witherspoon, who will produce with Hello Sunshine exec Lauren Levy Neustadter, said Wednesday in a statement. “From the minute I heard about this inspiring true story, I knew it was a perfect fit for us. I’m excited to be partnering with the team at Fox 2000 to bring this special book to life onscreen, and to be giving audiences a glimpse at this meaningful moment in American history.”
Marisa Paiva and Molly Saffron will oversee for Fox 2000.
Lee is a museum curator and writer of women’s history and her book, whose complete title is The League of Wives: The Untold Story of the Women Who Took on the President, the Pentagon and the Rest of the US Government to Bring Their Husbands Home, is partially based on her museum exhibition on the same subject. She is repped by UTA and Katherine Flynn at Kneerim & Williams.
Following on from previous posts about Hello Sunshine’s Filmmaker Lab held back in the summer, here is the company’s documentary about the lab:
Take a look back at this past summer’s first-ever all-girl AT&T Hello Sunshine Filmmaker Lab, produced by Fresh Films! 21 teenage girls spent 8 days in Los Angeles filming a documentary under the guidance of mentors and professional creators. Along their journey, the aspiring young filmmakers had the opportunity to meet with some of the most powerful names in Hollywood, from music editor Julie Pearce to cinematographer Kira Kelly. Hear their stories and advice they gave the young female filmmakers!
To continue our gallery updates today, I’ve added an additional 100+ high quality photos from Reese’s appearance at Eva Longoria’s Hollywood Star Ceremony Luncheon held earlier in the year. Reese looked super-chic in her floral dress to support her friend’s achievement. Enjoy!
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The first #SheIsEqual Summit was held in New York in September, with the aim of promoting gender equality, increasing the presence of women in media, and ensuring accurate portrayals of women on screen. Reese attended and spoke at the event, talking about her Hello Sunshine brand and the importance of female-driven content. Read more about the summit below, and find photos in our Gallery:
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“I’ve done a lot of things for myself, and now it’s time to do more for others and change the story for women in this world. And I started a company. I self-funded it, which was terrifying because I didn’t know if it’s going to do well and quite honestly for a couple of years it wasn’t making any money. But now it’s incredible to change storytelling and to hire female directors and to hire writers with different backgrounds. And I feel enormously proud of the company and thrilled to wake up every morning with that kind of mission in my life. I hope I will leave my industry in a better place where I found it.”
Media company AT&T held their annual Business Summit at the end of September, and Reese was a guest speaker on one of their panels. AT&T co-owns Hello Sunshine with Reese. Reese spoke about equality and diversity, and increasing the presence of women in technology. Read more about the panel below, and find photos in our Gallery:
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Way back in August Reese attended the launch of her DirectTV show ‘Shine On With Reese’, and today our Gallery has been updated with lots of additional high quality photos from the event!
Towards the end of September Reese attended a Crate & Barrel panel for a discussion with successful female entrepreneurs. Read more and find a couple of videos below, and find photos in our Gallery:
Reese Witherspoon joins successful female entrepreneurs Neela Montgomery of Crate and Barrel, Tracy Sun of Poshmark, and journalist Elaine Welteroth as she discusses the successes, failures and fears she’s experienced as a businesswoman.
Reflect Connect Inspire: An Evening with 4 Extraordinary Women
Recently, we opened the doors of our SoHo store for an intimate evening of conversation with four remarkable women: Crate and Barrel CEO Neela Montgomery, brand ambassador Reese Witherspoon, Poshmark’s co-founder Tracy Sun, and as moderator, journalist Elaine Welteroth.
Over glasses of sparkling wine, we listened as the panelists described unique professional journeys that ultimately connected through shared stories of risk, courage and the network of women who inspire them. As a company that has championed women’s voices, we were honored to host an authentic conversation with these four trailblazing women. And let’s just say, the vibe was electric.Continue reading this entry »
Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, more to moderate Michelle Obama book tour
Michelle Obama’s blockbuster book launch has officially added some serious star power.
The former FLOTUS will be embarking on a nationwide tour this November to promote the publication of her memoir, Becoming, one of the year’s most anticipated titles. But she’s putting on the kinds of events more typical of A-list comedians and iconic musicians, taking over venues which hold tens of thousands of people, including the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the final stop. Safe to say, the level of interest isn’t enough for your local Barnes & Noble to accommodate.
Tickets had already been selling out fast. And there’s no reason that trend won’t accelerate with the latest news. Live Nation, the company producing the tour on behalf of publisher Crown, announced Tuesday the list of moderators for the book tour’s events. The shortlist: Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Jessica Parker, Valerie Jarrett, poet Elizabeth Alexander, Phoebe Robinson, journalist Michele Norris, and Tracee Ellis Ross. Oh, and to kick things off at the United Center in Obama’s hometown of Chicago, none other than Oprah Winfrey will be seated across from the author.
While tickets are running north of $1,000, given the level of anticipation, “It is important to Mrs. Obama that her Becoming tour events are accessible to as many people as possible,” per Live Nation. Last week, it was announced that a selection of the local and community organizations would receive free admission to stops on the tour. In addition, 10 percent of ticket sales has been set aside for various organizations including, but not limited to, charities, schools, and community groups in each city the tour visits. And thousands of tickets will be given away.
See below for the full schedule of events — and which stars will be moderating them.
Nov. 13 at United Center, Chicago, IL: Moderated by Oprah Winfrey
Nov. 15 at The Forum, Los Angeles, CA: Moderated by Tracee Ellis Ross
Nov. 17 at Capital One Arena, Washington, DC: Moderated by Valerie Jarrett
Nov. 24 at TD Garden in Boston, MA: Moderated by Michele Norris
Nov. 25 at Capital One Arena, Washington, DC: Moderated by Elizabeth Alexander
Nov. 29 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA: Moderated by Phoebe Robinson
Dec. 1 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY: Moderated by Elizabeth Alexander
Dec. 11 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI: Moderated by Phoebe Robinson
Dec. 13 at Pepsi Center Arena in Denver, CO: Moderated by Reese Witherspoon
Dec. 14 at SAP Center in San Jose, CA: Moderated by Michele Norris
Dec. 17 at American Airlines Arena in Dallas, TX: Moderated by Valerie Jarrett
Dec. 19 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY: Moderated by Sarah Jessica Parker
Becoming publishes Nov. 13, and tickets for the tour are available for purchase.