Another day, another new film project

After a year of nothing, Natalie now seems to have two projects lined up. Yesterday it was Love and Other Possible Pursuits and today its the wonderfully titled, Isabella V. The film will be a thriller, a genre I’ve wanted to see Natalie in, and is based on a true story. The script is written by Dan Gordon (The Hurricane) and is based on an Esquire article.

The article details how a young heiress went on the run from her powerful and dangerous family, only to then detail her story in a blog. Is it real or is it all an elaborate con?

The Esquire article comes pretty close to answering the question but perhaps you want to remain spoiler free until the film. If you want to discover what its all about, it may be a long read but I was riveted to it, while slurping down my morning corn flakes.

Below is the news of the project, which is also being co-produced by Natalie’s Handsome Charlie Films.

Gotta say, I’m really excited about this one. I’m going to try and find out if there is a director and any other actors attached.

Features from Natalie Portman, Barry Sonnenfeld and Randall Wallace highlight the seven-film debut slate from Essential Pictures.

The new production outfit is a sister to sales/financing company Essential Entertainment. Although funded by separate pools of equity, the two share mutual investors and employees: EE co-founder Jim Kohlberg is EP’s chairman/CEO, and exec Neil Kaplan is president/COO.

EP is aiming to develop, package, finance and produce two to three films a year in the $10 million-$40 million range, then sell them via EE, which Kohlberg continues to run with co-founder Jere Haufstater. The slate includes:

The Natalie Portman starrer “Isabella V,” an adaptation of John Richardson’s 2003 blog-formatted Esquire article about an heiress on the run from her family. Dan Gordon (“The Hurricane”) wrote the thriller script, to be produced in conjunction with Brightlight Pictures and Handsome Charlie Films.