From Variety ulianne Moore has come on board “Still Alice,” starring as a university professor in an adaptation of Lisa Genova’s novel.
“Still Alice” is scheduled to start shooting New York mid-February. CAA is representing the film in the U.S. while Memento Films Intl. handles world sales.
The project is a Lex Lutzus and James Brown production in association with Killer Films. “Still Alice” is fully financed by BSM Studio, the newly launched one-stop-shop financing venture formed between Paris-based Backup Media and Marie Savare.
Moore will portray a cognitive psychologist who faces the early onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
“Still Alice” has been translated into more than 25 languages and is the writing debut of Genova, who holds a doctorate in neuroscience from Harvard U.
Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland are on board to direct the adaptation. The duo also directed and wrote “The Last of Robin Hood,” which recently launched at the Toronto Film Festival, and “Quinceanera.”
Projects must attach an A-list cast before they can secure financing. A Killer film in development, Still Alice, is based on a successful novel written by Lisa Genova about a 50-year-old woman’s sudden descent into early onset Alzheimer’s disease. The potential cast for Alice will make you say ‘ahhhhh’ out loud and will hook in the financiers I’m certain. It hooked me. Her daughter will be played by a young box-office draw from a major franchise. ‘Ohhhh’. It’s all very impressive. But not for the investors. There is one character in the script that is yet to be cast, the father, a supporting role. It’s hard to cast to an A-list actor because of how small the role is, so financiers won’t commit until someone ‘suitable’ is cast. source