Annapurna Pictures and Rooney Mara Building 'A House in the Sky'
by Alex Billington
June 25, 2014
Another project from the illustrious Annapurna Pictures in development. An official press release sent out announces that Annapurna is developing an adaptation of NY Times bestseller A House in the Sky by co-authors Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett. The project will star Oscar nominated actress Rooney Mara (A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Social Network, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Ain't Them Bodies Saints, Side Effects, Her) as Amanda Lindhout, who was abducted in 2008 in Mogadishu, Somalia by a rebel terrorist group. Annapurna's Megan Ellison will produce the film about Lindhout's 15 months in captivity.
No writer or director are officially named in the press release, so we're not sure who else is involved yet. It looks as if they're going out to find the right people now. Synopsis of A House in the Sky from Amazon adds:
Held hostage for 460 days, Amanda converts to Islam as a survival tactic, receives “wife lessons” from one of her captors, and risks a daring escape. Moved between a series of abandoned houses in the desert, she survives on memory—every lush detail of the world she experienced in her life before captivity—and on strategy, fortitude, and hope. When she is most desperate, she visits a house in the sky, high above the woman kept in chains, in the dark, being tortured.
Sounds intense. Commenting on this news, the real Amanda Lindhout stated, "Rooney Mara is someone whose talent and adventurous spirit I admire deeply. I'm thrilled that she's teaming with Annapurna Pictures to bring 'A House in the Sky' to the screen. I can't imagine a better match." Indeed. I think the better match is actually Annapurna, where the determination and zeal of Megan Ellison will make sure this turns out damn good. I'm very curious to see who they attach as writer/director, and I hope it's someone who can bring a unique touch to it as well. I keep thinking of Werner Herzog's Rescue Dawn, but I know that has nothing to do with this. Annapurna is currently working on a number of projects including Kathryn Bigelow's The True American, The Boy Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, Nash Edgerton's American Express.