German filmmaker Sebastian Schipper made some major waves last year with “Victoria.” Shot in one continuous take, it wasn’t just a gimmicky movie, but an effective thriller in its own right, and marked the filmmaker as one to watch. Well, someone certainly took notice — Darren Aronofsky. And he’s helping Schipper get his next movie off the ground.
Cineuropa reports that Schipper will direct “Undeniable,” an adaptation of the memoir “Denial” by Jessica Stern, with Aronofsky producing through his Protozoa Pictures banner. The book tells the story of how the author and her sister were raped as teenagers, and were initially met with doubts when they reported the crime to police. Over three decades later, she asked the police to complete the file on her case, and shared her experiences about the long lasting effects of trauma. Here’s the book synopsis:
The world-class social scientist and expert on terrorism and post-traumatic stress disorder began her own investigation, with the help of a devoted police lieutenant, to find the truth about her rapist, the town of Concord, her own family, and her own mind. The result is DENIAL, a candid and deeply intimate look at a life, a trauma, and its aftermath.
Schipper penned the first draft of the screenplay, but Abi Morgan (“Shame,” “Suffragette“) is going to write the final script. It sounds like a potentially powerful story, with a lead role that should likely attract some A-list attention.