Amazon Studios, who already have many projects out or in the works are adding another to their slate. Whit Stillman will be writing, directing, and executive producing a new show about young expatriates in Paris. The show will be titled Cosmopolitan, which is a nice nod to his first film. The main indiewire site says that according to Deadline the project is “close” to having a deal finalized. If you are a Whit Stillman fan, these last few days have been like Christmas. Hopefully more good news and details will be coming soon!
The indiewire blog site had this to say (it also talks about the Jane Austen project):
Titled “Cosmopolitan” (Stillman’s first film was “Metropolitan,” for those keeping score), Stillman will write, direct and executive produce, and the show will chronicle the loves and adventures of a group of young expatriates in Paris (Stillman spent plenty of time there during his “in the wilderness” period after going more than ten years between films; ‘Disco’ in 1998 and “Damsels in Distress” in 2011). It was also recently announced that Stillman would be working on a Jane Austen-inspired book titled, “Love & Friendship: An Adaptation of Jane Austen’s Unfinished Novella Concerning the Beautiful Lady Susan Vernon, Her Loves and Friendships, and the Strange Antagonism of the DeCourcy Family.”
Whit Stillman’s Damsels in Distress will be premiering on New Zealand TV (Rialto Channel 39) this Saturday, July 13th at 8:30pm.
Here’s what Cinephile Francesca Rudkin of Rialto Channel 39 has to say about Damsels:
Damsels in Distress
Directed by: Whit Stillman
Starring: Greta Gerwig, Adam Brody and Analeigh Tipton
Premiering: Saturday July 13, 8.30pm
This urbane, witty college comedy is Whit Stillman’s first film since 1998s Last Days of Disco, and centers around four pretentious female college students trying to teach their fellow students self esteem and manners. They do this in a variety of ways; running Seven Oaks College’s Suicide Prevention Centre where they dish out alternative therapies such as tap dancing, and dating men who are less intelligent than them to give them a step up in life. The delivery is deadpan, the characters charmingly wacky and the romantic entanglements are never straightforward. Leading the girls is the fabulous Greta Gerwig who is one of my favourite actresses of the moment, I’m also looking forward to seeing her in Noah Baumbach’s latest film Frances Ha at the New Zealand International Film Festival, which starts in Auckland on July 18th.