By Alison Willmore | Indiewire January 28, 2014 at 9:18AM
Lifetime Films and A+E Studios have joined with JuVee Productions and ChickFlicks to produce "Lila and Eve," a new film from "Drumline" director Charles Stone III. The feature will star Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez and will tell the story of grief-stricken mother Lila (Davis), who, after her son is murdered in a drive-by shooting, begins attending a support group where she meets Eve (Lopez), who lost her daughter.
When the police seem unable to help, the two women end up taking justice into their own hands -- not through the activism you might expect from this initial set-up, but by killing their way up the ladder of drug dealers responsible for the death of Lila's son. "Boardwalk Empire" actor Shea Whigham will play the detective investigating the pair's crimes. "Lila and Eve" is written by Pat Gilfillan and will be produced by Sara Risher and Darrin Reed. Davis recently appeared in "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby" and "Prisoners," while Lopez's last film role was in the Jason Statham feature "Parker."
"Lila and Eve" is being aimed toward a festival premiere and theatrical release in late 2014/early 2015, after which it will presumably air on Lifetime. Lifetime Films is dedicated to developing, producing and acquiring female-focused indies, with its most recent project being the Kevin Kline, Susan Sarandon and Dakota Fanning feature "The Last of Robin Hood," which premiered at Toronto in the fall and will receive a theatrical release this summer.