Broad Green to Produce Chloe Grace Moretz Starrer ‘Brain on Fire’
Broad Green Pictures is coming aboard to produce and finance Brain On Fire, a film based on Susannah Cahalan’s memoir Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness with Denver & Delilah and Foundation Features. Gerard Barrett (Glassland) will direct the feature, which will star Chloe Grace Moret, Jenny Slate and Thomas Mann.
Moretz will play a journalist at The New York Post who mysteriously starts having seizures and hearing voices and rapidly descends into insanity.
Charlize Theron, A.J. Dix and Beth Kono of Denver & Delilah, and Rob Merilees and Lindsay Macadam of Foundation Features are producing the project, which will begin principal photography July 13 in Vancouver and is targeting a 2016 release.
Broad Green Boards Charlize Theron-Produced ‘Brain on Fire’
Theron has been developing the project, based on Susannah Cahalan’s memoir “Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness,” since last year. The film will be directed by Gerard Barrett (“Glassland”).
Producers are Theron, A.J. Dix and Beth Kono of Denver and Delilah along with Rob Merilees and Lindsay Macadam of Foundation Features. Moretz will star with Jenny Slate (“Obvious Child”) and Thomas Mann (“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”).
Principal photography will begin July 13 in Vancouver, and the film is set for release in 2016. Broad Green Pictures will distribute “Brain on Fire” in the U.S., while Mister Smith Entertainment will continue to sell international rights after launching the film at the European Film Market in February.
Broad Green bought a 45% stake in Mister Smith earlier this year and have announced a partnership on “Buena Vista Social Club – Adios,” the sequel to the documentary “Buena Vista Social Club.”
“Brain on Fire” follows a rising journalist at the New York Post who mysteriously starts having seizures and hearing voices. As weeks go by, she moves inexplicably from violence to catatonia — but a last-minute intervention by one doctor finally gives her a diagnosis and hope to rebuild her life.
The deal was brokered on behalf of the filmmakers by WME Global, while Victor Moyers and Chris Tricarico handled for Broad Green Pictures.
RICHARD ARMITAGE JOINS GERARD BARRETT’S BRAIN ON FIRE AS CAMERAS ROLL IN VANCOUVER
The Hobbit leading man Richard Armitage is the latest star to join Kerry filmmaker Gerard Barrett’s new film Brain on Fire, with principal photography beginning today (July 13th) in Vancouver.
Continuing his association with Irish directors (having finished filming Pilgrimage with Brendan Muldowney), the English actor is set to play Big Man, the father of Chloë Grace Moretz’ lead. The pair are joined by comedian Jenny Slate, and Thomas Mann as Moretz’s boyfriend
Barrett is adapting the screenplay for the film, which follows a rising journalist at the New York Post who mysteriously starts having seizures and hearing voices. As weeks go by, she moves inexplicably from violence to catatonia — but a last-minute intervention by one doctor finally gives her a diagnosis and hope to rebuild her life.
Brain On Fire is produced by Charlize Theron, Beth Kono, and A.J. Dix for Denver & Delilah Films, Rob Merilees and Lindsay Macadam for Foundation Features, and Gabriel and Daniel Hammond for Broad Green Pictures. Barrett is also attached as co-producer. Broad Green act as distributors in the US, with Mister Smith Entertainment selling the international rights after launching the film at the European Film Market last February.
Brain On Fire will be released at an unspecified date in 2016.
Chloë Grace Moretz, Richard’s co-star
An award-winning memoir and instant New York Times bestseller that goes far beyond its riveting medical mystery, Brain on Fire is the powerful account of one woman’s struggle to recapture her identity.
When twenty-four-year-old Susannah Cahalan woke up alone in a hospital room, strapped to her bed and unable to move or speak, she had no memory of how she’d gotten there. Days earlier, she had been on the threshold of a new, adult life: at the beginning of her first serious relationship and a promising career at a major New York newspaper. Now she was labeled violent, psychotic, a flight risk. What happened?
In a swift and breathtaking narrative, Susannah tells the astonishing true story of her descent into madness, her family’s inspiring faith in her, and the lifesaving diagnosis that nearly didn’t happen. “A fascinating look at the disease that . . . could have cost this vibrant, vital young woman her life” (People), Brain on Fire is an unforgettable exploration of memory and identity, faith and love, and a profoundly compelling tale of survival and perseverance that is destined to become a classic.