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Joe Wright Gets In ‘The Lifeboat’ With Anne Hathaway

Joe Wright Gets In 'The Lifeboat' With Anne Hathaway

A couple of years ago, fresh off her Oscar win for “Les Miserables,” Anne Hathaway signed up to produce and star in “The Lifeboat,” an adaptation of the novel by Charlotte Rogan. And then we didn’t hear much. But the project is back out on the water with a promising director in tow.

Deadline reports that Joe Wright is in talks to helm the picture. William Broyles Jr. (“Apollo 13,” “Jarhead,” “Flags Of Our Fathers“) has adapted the book that tells the story of newlywed Grace Winter, who stands trial for murder in 1914, after surviving the sinking of the transatlantic ship Empress. Here’s the book synopsis: 

Grace Winter, 22, is both a newlywed and a widow. She is also on trial for her life.
In the summer of 1914, the elegant ocean liner carrying Grace and her husband Henry across the Atlantic suffers a mysterious explosion. Setting aside his own safety, Henry secures Grace a place in a lifeboat, which the survivors quickly realize has exceeded capacity. For any to live, some must die.
As the castaways battle the elements and each other, Grace recollects the unorthodox way she and Henry met, and the new life of privilege she thought she’d found. Will she pay any price to keep it?

THE LIFEBOAT is a page-turning novel of hard choices and survival, narrated by a woman as unforgettable and complex as the events she describes.

No word yet on if this will be Wright’s next project after the briefly delayed “Pan,” but it sounds like something would be a return to more modest size movie that we’re used to from the filmmaker, with plenty of room for him to punctuate the drama with his distinct visual stamp.

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