Witherspoon will star and James Mangold will direct the adaptation of “Three Little Words,” a memoir by Ashley Rhodes-Courter.
Reese Witherspoon is reuniting with James Mangold for Three Little Words, an adaptation of the memoir by Ashley Rhodes-Courter.
Witherspoon will star in the adaptation, which Mangold will direct.
Amanda Seyfried, who last starred in Les Miserables, is in talks to star opposite Witherspoon but no deal is done.
Mangold is producing with also producing with his partner, Cathy Konrad, via their Tree Line Films banner, marking a reunion of the team behind Walk the Line, for which Witherspoon won a best actress Oscar.
Jami Gertz (A Better Life) and her Lime Orchard Production banner are also producing.
Red Crown’s recent boarding of the project gave it momentum and principals Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Riva Marker and Daniel Crown are on board to produce. Red Crown’s Dover Shores Capital, a New York-based private equity firm, is fully financing the project, for which Good Universe will launch international sales at Cannes.
Words is described as a true-life Dickens-esque tale of a young Florida girl who entered the child welfare system when she was four.
The script, by Lewis Colick (The Fighter) and Michael Petroni (The Book Thief) centers on the relationship between the girl and the unpaid volunteer (Witherspoon) who discovers her nine years later. The volunteer must search for and convince the biological mother (Seyfried) to surrender her parental rights so the teen can begin a new life.
Konrad discovered the project early, optioning it in 2004 after it had won the New York Times Essay Contest.
The producers are hoping to move fast on the project and are eyeing a September start in Florida.
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