The friends awaken. As first reported by TheWrap, J.J. Abrams and Daisy Ridley will continue the partnership established in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” with “Kolma,” which Abrams will produce. “Diary of a Teenage Girl” director Marielle Heller is currently in talks to helm the film for Paramount. Based on “All I’ve Got,” a 2003 Israeli film directed by Keren Margalit, “Kolma” has been described as a fantastical romance situated somewhere between “The Notebook” and Albert Brooks’ underappreciated “Defending Your Life.”
In it, a woman whose husband died in a car accident 50 years earlier is faced with a most existential choice as she nears her own death: join him in the afterlife or return to the day of the crash, which she narrowly survived. The proposed budget is between $60 and $70 million and a recent draft of the script was turned in by Megan Holley, though “Stories We Tell” director Sarah Polley worked on it previously.
Ridley has yet to physically appear onscreen since “The Force Awakens” came out in December, though she’s obviously become highly sought-after. (Rumor has it that she’ll be starring in the forthcoming “Tomb Raider” reboot, though nothing’s been confirmed as of yet.) Heller received raves for “Diary,” which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and won her the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature.
For Ridley’s first post-“Star Wars” role, watch the “Only Yesterday” trailer: