Earlier this year, we reported that Ellen Page was attached to the small-scale post-apocalyptic tale, Into the Forest. Patricia Rozema‘s adaptation is based on Jean Hegland‘s novel, which is about two teenage sisters who live alone in a remote part of the Northern California forest, miles away from any neighbor, when society unexpectedly collapses. There is talk of a war overseas and upheaval in Congress, but it still comes as a shock when the electricity runs out and gas is nowhere to be found. The sisters are left to hope the power eventually returns as their supplies dwindle. A press release now confirms that Page will star as well as produce, and Evan Rachel Wood will play her sister. The brief synopsis in the press release doesn’t mention them being teenagers, but the 26-year-old actresses look just young enough to pull it off if the movie sticks to that aspect of the book.
Hit the jump for the press release. Page will next be seen in X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Wood’s new film, Charlie Countryman, will be in limited release on November 15th.
ELLEN PAGE AND EVAN RACHEL WOOD JOURNEY
“INTO THE FOREST”
Patricia Rozema Set to Direct Film off Her Adapted Screenplay with Page Producing
LOS ANGELES, CA, OCTOBER XX, 2013) – Academy Award® nominated actress Ellen Page (The East, Juno, X-Men) is set to produce and star opposite Evan Rachel Wood (Mildred Pierce, Thirteen) in the film adaptation of Jean Hegland’s novel of the same name, INTO THE FOREST. Acclaimed director and writer Patricia Rozema (Grey Gardens, Mansfield Park) will direct the feature film from her adapted screenplay. INTO THE FOREST recounts the story of two sisters (Page and Wood) struggling to survive after the collapse of society in the not too distant future. In addition to Ellen Page, Kelly Bush Novak and Sriram Das are set to produce. Haroon (Boon) Saleem will serve as executive producer and Kristina Sorensen as associate producer.
Page recently wrapped on the seventh installation of the X-Men franchise, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and is attached to Fox’s Queen and Country. Additional credits include To Rome with Love, Inception, Super, Whip It, The Tracey Fragments, An American Crime, X-Men: The Last Stand, The Stone Angel, Smart People, and Hard Candy. Page is also attached to star and produce Freeheld, the feature length film based on the Oscar®-winning documentary of the same name. Page will produce the film alongside Endgame’s James D. Stern, Double Feature Films partners Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher, Vie Entertainment and Cynthia Wade. Page is represented by WME, Barnes Morris Klein Mark and Yorn, and Vie Entertainment.
Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominated Wood will next be seen this November starring in Charlie Countryman opposite Shia LaBeouf and in A Case of You opposite Justin Long. The actress also recently finished filming Andrew Fleming’s Barefoot, which will release in 2014. Other credits include The Ides of March, The Conspirator, Mildred Pierce, The Wrestler, King of California, Running with Scissors, Down in the Valley, The Upside of Anger and Thirteen, among many others. Wood also appeared as Queen Sophia-Ann Leclerq in the critically acclaimed HBO series, True Blood. Wood is represented by CAA.
An internationally respected and award-winning filmmaker, Patricia Rozema’s credits include the Jane Austen feature film: Mansfield Park, When Night is Falling, Tell Me You Love Me, and In Treatment. She also received an Emmy® nomination as a co-writer on HBO’s award-winning movie, Grey Gardens. Rozema is represented by CAA.