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Annapurna and Rooney Mara Win Bidding War for Memoir 'A House of the Sky'

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood June 25, 2014 at 3:57PM

Annapurna Pictures beat out its rivals in a bidding war to option Rooney Mara project "A House in the Sky." The New York Times bestselling memoir is written by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett. Mara will star and serve as a producer with Annapurna’s Megan Ellison. Annapurna’s Chelsea Barnard will oversee the day-to-day development and production.
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Annapurna Pictures beat out its rivals in a bidding war to option Rooney Mara project "A House in the Sky." The New York Times bestselling memoir is written by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett. Mara will star and serve as a producer alongside Annapurna’s Megan Ellison. Annapurna’s Chelsea Barnard will oversee the day-to-day development and production of the project.
 

It's easy to see why Mara ("The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"), would be attracted to the harrowing story of how Amanda Lindhout, who loved exploring the world's most remote and perilous places, was abducted in 2008 by a rebel terrorist group in Mogadishu, Somalia. Her memoir recounts her 15 months chained and starved and abused in captivity. The book was brought to Mara's attention by her team at Management 360 who then approached Annapurna. 

Mara recently wrapped Todd Hayne's "Carol," starring opposite Cate Blanchett, an adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith romance novel "The Price of Salt." Mara is now playing Tiger Lily in "Pan," Joe Wright's take on "Peter Pan." 

 
Annapurna Pictures' 2013 projects "American Hustle," "Her" and "The Grandmaster"earned 17 Academy Award nominations, making Ellison the first woman to earn two Best Picture nominations in the same year. Annapurna also backed Kathryn Bigelow’s "Zero Dark Thirty" and Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master." Coming up: Cannes hit "Foxcatcher," development of "Hunger Games" producer Nina Jacobson’s adaptation of  "Where'd You Go, Bernadette?", written by Maria Semple, and Denver & Delilah and CJ Entertainment's remake of "Sympathy for Vengeance," written by William Monahan and starring Charlize Theron. Annapurna is also producing a television project on the intersecting lives of Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich with writers Angela Robinson and Alex Kondracke.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.