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'Belle' Director Amma Asante Tapped By Warner Bros To Helm Thriller 'Unforgettable'

by Tambay A. Obenson
January 9, 2014 9:15 PM
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Nice! Her latest film, Belle, was picked up by Fox Searchlight, and will be released later this year; But, in the meantime, British writer/director Amma Asante has been tapped by Warner Bros to direct what will be her first Hollywood studio film - a thriller titled Unforgettable.

According to Variety, the Fatal Attraction-style project (although not entirely) follows a man whose new wife is terrorized by his ex-wife. That's all we know at the moment.

Christina Hodson is writing the script, with Denise DiNovi and partner Alison Greenspan producing.

Lynn Harris is overseeing the project for Warner Bros.

No casting announcements yet.

Asante's latest, Belle, stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw in a period piece about the trials and triumphs of a mixed-race woman, in 18th Century Britain. The film premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, to strong reviews.

Zeba Blay reviewed it for S&A, and she was impressed with it, calling it refreshing and brave. Read her thoughts HERE.

Unforgettable will be Asante's 3rd feature directorial effort. The 2004 gritty and compelling South Wales-set drama that also tackled race, titled A Way Of Life, was her feature film debut, which she wrote the screenplay for as well. And for her work on that film, she was blessed with the BAFTA's (the british equivalent of the OscarsCarl Foreman Award for best debut by a British filmmaker, and was also named The Times Breakthrough Artist Of The Year.

Belle, her second feature, will be released by Fox Searchlight on May 2

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  • ao | January 10, 2014 4:02 PMReply

    Can somebody tell me why the distributor is placing BELLE in the Athena Film Festival and The Palm Springs International Film Festival and did not place it in The Pan African Film Festival? Seems like it would be a natural!

  • CC | January 10, 2014 10:16 PM

    Question: What do you know about the goals/objectives, audience, entry process, location and the central figures/personal of each film festival that leads you to believe it's a natural fit for The Pan African Film Festival.

    Based on Zeba Blay's review I look forward to seeing Belle. And, from the little I've seen of Gugu Mbatha-Raw (off the top of my head, one movie with Samuel Jackson, very pleased) I look forward to seeing her as well.

  • KyongEarnshaw | January 10, 2014 1:05 AMReply

    It may be good première in the Athena film festival in the NYC.In recent day Belle is very good movie .

  • Carelessheart | January 9, 2014 10:52 PMReply

    I'm just happy to be here! This is my first post and have to say I love this site. All the articles are interesting and intriguing with a center spotlight on African American culture. Subscriber... YES!!

  • Alece | January 9, 2014 9:46 PMReply's premiering at the Athena Film Festival in NYC on February 6, 2014!

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