Reese Witherspoon Splits From Producing Partner Bruna Papandrea
Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea, who co-founded the production company Pacific Standard, are going their separate ways. Witherspoon will retain control of Pacific Standard while Papandrea will move on to other ventures.
The duo have been running Pacific Standard since 2012, producing Gone Girl, Wild and Hot Pursuit through the company. Gone Girl was a breakout hit, collecting $369.3 million worldwide, while Wild earned Witherspoon a best actress Oscar nomination and Laura Dern a best supporting actress nom. Hot Pursuit, however, stumbled at the box office, earning just $51.7 million.
Pacific Standard’s latest project, HBO series Big Little Lies, is slated to debut in 2017. It stars Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley.
“I’m very proud of the projects that Bruna and I have produced together,” Witherspoon said Thursday in a statement. “Bruna is a hard-working, extremely talented producer. I’m happy to further collaborate with her on the strong slate of Pacific Standard properties. ”
Witherspoon and Papandrea have been acquiring a slew of material, mainly books, over the past couple of years. They will continue to produce the projects they have in development together, including the ABC series Broken starring Anna Paquin, an adaptation of Luckiest Girl Alive with Lionsgate and Barbie and Ruth, the story of the woman who created Barbie.
Witherspoon continues to act while producing, most recently doing voice work for the upcoming animated film Sing and starring in Big Little Lies. She also launched the fashion line Draper James. Papandrea, originally from Australia, previously produced Warm Bodies, Smart People, Milk and All Good Things before starting Pacific Standard.
Reese did a live Facebook chat yesterday, and chatted about the possibility of further sequels to Legally Blonde and Sweet Home Alabama, her upcoming movie Home Again, Wild, and her dogs … among many other things! Watch the full live chat at ETOnline.
Reese Witherspoon Is Down to Make More Legally Blonde and Sweet Home Alabama Movies
Without a question, two of Reese Witherspoon’s most beloved films are Legally Blonde (2001) and Sweet Home Alabama (2002). They’re untouchable pieces of entertainment that most of us can quote verbatim. (I call lies on anyone who says they haven’t tried the bend-and-snap. I’m doing it right now.)
And Witherspoon knows just how classic these two gems are. She already made a sequel to Legally Blonde in 2003, but get this: She is down as hell to bring Elle Woods to life again and do another Sweet Home Alabama flick. Proceeds to blast Hoku’s “Perfect Day” at frightening decibels.
”[Legally Blonde] was really fun,” Witherspoon said during a recent Facebook Live chat. “A lot of people have asked me if we’re going to make another Legally Blonde, and we’re thinking about it.” But what would the plot be? An Elle Woods baby? Paulette Bonafonté gets her own talk show? The RETURN OF VIVIENNE KENSINGTON?! The possibilities are endless.
As are the possibilities for a Sweet Home Alabama sequel. Don’t get too excited, though: There are no concrete plans in the works. However, Witherspoon is ready to get country the second everyone else gets on board. (And isn’t that the hardest part?)
“We are not making a Sweet Home Alabama sequel that I know of,” she said. “But if Disney wants to make a sequel, they can just call me: I would happily make Sweet Home Alabama 2.”Continue reading this entry »
I’ve just come across a new TV spot for Sing, released just recently to mark the Olympics – in the TV spot, the characters ‘sing for gold’!
Reese Witherspoon & Nicole Kidman Reteam On Deal For Liane Moriarty Novel ‘Truly Madly Guilty’
Reese Witherspoon and her Pacific Standard production banner have re-teamed with Nicole Kidman and her Blossom Films to option the film rights to best-selling novelist Liane Moriarty’s Truly Madly Guilty. Witherspoon and Kidman will produce with Pacific Standard’s Bruna Papandrea and Blossom’s Per Saari. The novel has topped the New York Times bestseller lists, and Witherspoon and Kidman’s companies are in postproduction on a limited series based on Moriarty’s Big Little Lies for HBO. The series was adapted by David E. Kelley and directed by Jean-Marc Vallee and stars Witherspoon, Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, Zoe Kravitz and Alexander Skaarsgard.
Through one fateful event, Truly Madly Guilty explores the most fundamental relationships —marriage, sex, parenthood and friendship — and how too often we don’t appreciate how extraordinary our ordinary lives are until it’s too late. The tale takes place over a weekend, among six adults and three cute kids. The Australian author wrote What Alice Forgot, Three Wishes, The Hypnotist’s Love Story and The Husband’s Secret, as well as a line of children’s books.
Both companies have proved good at identifying and acquiring tastemaker material. Pacific Standard produced Wild, Gone Girl and Hot Pursuit and is percolating Jessica Knoll’s Luckiest Girl Alive at Lionsgate and Ashley’s War at Fox 2000. Blossom produced Rabbit Hole, The Family Fang and Monte Carlo and is adapting The Silent Wife, Reconstructing Amelia, and the off-Broadway vampire hit Cuddles.
The author is repped by Jerry Kalajian of Intellectual Property Group and attorney Matt Sugarman on behalf of Fiona Inglis at Curtis Brown Australia and Faye Bender in the US. CAA reps both production companies, and Hansen, Jacobson reps Pacific Standard and attorney Alan Wertheimer reps Blossom.
Reese Witherspoon in Talks to Star in ‘Home Again’
Reese Witherspoon is in talks to star in the indie comedy “Home Again,” Variety has learned.
Hallie Meyers-Shyer, the daughter of director Nancy Meyers, is writing and directing the film.
Meyers is producing alongside Black Bicycle Entertainment’s Erika Olde, who is also financing the movie. Nancy Meyers played a major part in getting the script in Witherspoon’s hands.
Based on a script by Meyers-Shyer, “Home Again” follows a recently separated mother of two whose new life in Los Angeles is overturned when she decides to take in three young, charismatic guys.
Although no distributor is attached at this time, insiders say production is eyed for the fall. The film has been in the works for some time with Rose Byrne attached to star at one point.
Witherspoon has recently focused on producing more material for herself like the upcoming HBO limited series “Big Little Lies,” which also stars Nicole Kidman and is expected to be released next year on HBO. As of now, Witherspoon is only on board to star in “Home Again,” and will not be producing.
Witherspoon is repped by CAA and LBI Entertainment.
MadRiver Pictures introduced the film to international buyers in Cannes. CAA is representing the North American rights and also reps Black Bicycle and Nancy Meyers.
Modern Family actress Julie Bowen spoke about Reese’s wise words in a new interview with US Weekly:
Julie Bowen: Fellow Mom Reese Witherspoon ‘Saved My Life’
Us Weekly: Do you have a mom philosophy?
Julie Bowen: I read some article where Reese Witherspoon said, “If you’re not yelling at your kids, you’re not spending enough time with them.” It made me feel so much better. I was like, “Oh, this must mean I’m a good mom!” Reese Witherspoon, who I’ve only met once, saved my life with one quote.
We’ll have more details and screencaps for you soon…