According to The Hollywood Reporter, Angelina Jolie is in talks with Darren Aronofsky to develop an adaptation of Serena: A Novel, a 2008 period piece from author Ron Rash. The film’s script was written by Chris Kyle (K-19: The Widowmaker) and it will be produced by Nick Wechsler, who was behind this year’s critically acclaimed adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.
Widely admired among literary critics, Serena takes place in 1929 tells the story of a man, George Pemberton, and his wife, Serena, as they move to North Carolina to build a timber company.
Here’s some more plot details from Amazon:
Although George has already lived in the camp long enough to father an illegitimate child, Serena is new to the mountains–but she soon shows herself to be the equal of any man, overseeing crews, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving her husband’s life in the wilderness. Together this lord and lady of the woodlands ruthlessly kill or vanquish all who fall out of favor. Yet when Serena learns that she will never bear a child, she sets out to murder the son George fathered without her. Mother and child begin a struggle for their lives, and when Serena suspects George is protecting his illegitimate family, the Pembertons’ intense, passionate marriage starts to unravel as the story moves toward its shocking reckoning.
After nixing the possibility of a return from the grave for Wanted 2, Angelina Jolie seemed to be preparing for a new film from director Alfonso Quarón, Gravity. Then we heard a report from Entertainment Weekly that Jolie had dropped out of Gravity as well. Will Serena finally be the next project the Hollywood A-lister takes on?
In discussing the cost of producing Serena, the THR article makes a comparison to another period film, the Academy Award-nominated There Will Be Blood. Forgetting about the film’s budget for a moment, what if Angelina Jolie’s role in the film was written to the same level of excellence as Daniel Day-Lewis’ Daniel Plainview? Wouldn’t you jump at the opportunity to be a part of that? Considering the talent involved, it seems like Serena could be the type of Award-worthy role that is too good to pass up.
Of course, as one of Hollywood’s most consistently bankable actresses (she is earning $20 million for the upcoming spy film Salt), Angelina Jolie has earned the right to be picky. To this end, even though it’s not the type of film that will earn hundreds of millions of dollars for its investors, I’m willing to bet that if Jolie says she’s on board, someone in Hollywood will want to produce this film.
Does Serena sound interesting to you? Where does Angelina Jolie rank on your list of favorite Hollywood leading ladies?