Sunday, 11 September 2016

Michelle MacLaren set to direct The Nightingale

Having proven herself time and time again (to Emmy award winning effect) on shows including Game Of Thrones, The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad, director Michelle MacLaren is at last making the leap to cinema. News arrives via Variety that she is set to direct an adaptation of Kristin Hannah's bestseller The Nightingale.

The story for this one follows two sisters coming of age in France just as World War II is breaking out. As German forces sweep in and occupy their homeland, they must struggle with moral choices as they join the resistance. Though the narrative in the book is fictional, it is based on the true life story of Andrée de Jongh, a Belgian woman who helped downed Allied pilots escape from Nazi territory.

Ann Peacock (Nights In Rodanthe) wrote the most recent draft, with MacLaren now working alongside John Sayles (Lone Star) to tweak it for Sony's TriStar arm. No release date is in place as yet, but it should mark MacLaren's feature directing debut after her frustration with landing the job of making Wonder Woman, before leaving after creative differences with Warner Bros. In the interim, she has worked on Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul and is also behind the camera for an episode of HBO's upcoming Westworld.

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