The last time Andrew Dosunmu’s name was mentioned on this blog was about a year ago, when it was announced that the photography work of the filmmaker, who is also a celebrated fashion photographer, would be exhibited (in his first solo exhibition) at Hotel Particulier, here in NYC. The exhibition, titled “ANDREW DOSUNMU: ELSEWHERE – 10 years of photography,” was curated by Béatrice Dupire, and included 10 large format photographs selected from over 10 years of personal and commissioned work.
On the film front, Dosunmu was attached to direct a film on Fela, which Steve McQueen was previously set to direct, with Chiwetel Ejiofor starring. McQueen later shared, at least a year ago, that the project was dead. However, it was later announced that Andrew Dosunmu would be taking over. It’s been at least 4 years since the project was first announced. It still might happen, although with the shake-up at Focus Features last year (the company that’s been behind the production), I won’t hold my breath.
And maybe neither is Dosunmu as he’s now attached to direct Michelle Pfeiffer and Kiefer Sutherland in a feature drama titled “Beat-Up Little Seagull,” from a script penned by Dosunmu and Darci Picoult (who also wrote the screenplay for Dosunmu’s last feature, the critically-acclaimed “Mother of George”).
The story for “Seagull” revolves around the life of a woman (Pfeiffer) struggling to find her footing in the fast-paced world around her.
But when her mother dies, she faces a crisis in which she has to work to find a means for survival, all the while hiding her struggles from her new lover (Sutherland).
Christine Vachon is producing via her Killer Films production shingle.
Filming on the indie production is underway in New York.
It doesn’t appear that Dosunmu is working with his favorite DP, Bradford Young, on this one. Young shot both Dosunmu features to date, “Restless City” and the aforementioned “Mother of George” – two films lauded for their visual flair. Although even without Young, I’m sure “Seagull” will still most certainly have its stylish director’s signature on it.
The Hollywood Reporter was first to report Dosunmu’s attachment to the film.