It sounds like the main stars are the future Peter Pan and Alice, not their parents. Perhaps a supporting role.
Angelina Jolie, David Oyelowo in talks to star in fantasy-drama 'Come Away' https://t.co/gulvCHJ3ew pic.twitter.com/2yPKOmjcp5— Variety (@Variety) May 30, 2018
Angelina Jolie and David Oyelowo are in negotiations to star in the live-action fantasy-drama “Come Away.”
Brenda Chapman, director and co-writer of Pixar’s “Brave,” is directing from a script by Marissa Kate Goodhill. Fred Films and Yoruba Saxon Productions are the production companies. Producers are Leesa Kahn, James Spring, and Andrea Keir. Michelle Manning will be an executive producer.
Producers plan to shoot “Come Away” initially in the U.K. and then in Los Angeles in the fall. Jolie is currently shooting “Maleficent 2” for Disney. Oyelowo will be seen next in the horror film “Only You” and in the sci-fi drama “Chaos Walking.”
Jolie and Oyelowo will play the parents of the brother and sister who became the protagonists of “Alice in Wonderland” and “Peter Pan.” When their older brother dies in a tragic accident, they seek to save their parents from despairing over the losses — and are then forced to choose between home and imagination.
Chapman directed 1998’s “Prince of Egypt” and won the 2012 Academy Award for best animated feature with Mark Andrews for directing “Brave.”
“Come Away” is co-represented by UTA and Endeavor Content. Jolie is repped by UTA and Sloane Offer; Oyelowo is repped by Hamilton Hodell, Inphenate, and CAA; Chapman is repped by WME; and Goodhill is repped by Jamie Coghill at Surpin & Mayersohn. The news was first reported by Deadline.
EXCLUSIVE: Angelina Jolie and David Oyelowo are in talks to star in Come Away, a fantasy drama that will mark the live-action debut of Brenda Chapman, the Oscar-winning director and co-writer of the Pixar film Brave.EXCLUSIVE: Angelina Jolie and David Oyelowo are in talks to star in #ComeAway, a fantasy drama that will mark the live-action debut of Brenda Chapman https://t.co/zUUqCnpQOI— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) May 30, 2018
Marissa Kate Goodhill wrote the script, and UK-based Fred Films is producing with Oyelowo’s Yoruba Saxon Productions. Oyelowo, Leesa Kahn, James Spring and Andrea Keir are producing and Michelle Manning will be executive producer. The plan is for Come Away to shoot initially in the UK, with Jolie joining the shoot in Los Angeles in the fall. Jolie is next set to star in Maleficent 2 for Disney.
Come Away is imagined as a prequel to Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan. Before Alice went to Wonderland, and before Peter became Pan, they were brother and sister. When their eldest brother dies in a tragic accident, they each seek to save their parents (Jolie & Oyelowo) from their downward spirals of despair until finally they are forced to choose between home and imagination. This sets the stage for their iconic journeys into Wonderland and Neverland.
“Angelina and David are going to bring a beautiful chemistry and depth to this magical story, giving audiences a wonderful step outside the expected,” Chapman said.
Said screenwriter Goodhill: “Brenda is a singular storyteller. Her decades of experience in creating rich fantasy worlds populated by complex characters make her a dream director for this project, which explores how fantasy functions as a way to cope with reality. Her thoughtful approach to filmmaking and indomitable talent make her the perfect person to bring this story to life.”
The film is co-represented by UTA and Endeavor Content.
Jolie is repped by UTA and Sloane Offer; Oyelowo is repped by Hamilton Hoddell, Inphenate and CAA; Chapman is repped by WME; and Goodhill is repped by Jamie Coghill at Surpin & Mayersohn.