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Wadjda Director Haifaa Al-Mansour Announces Next Project

Women and Hollywood By Inkoo Kang | Women and Hollywood March 19, 2014 at 10:00AM

"A Storm in the Stars" will focus on the 18-year-old novelist Mary Shelley's tumultuous relationship with the married poet Percy Shelley and her work of writing "Frankenstein."
Haifaa Al-Mansour
Haifaa Al-Mansour

After making history as Saudi Arabia's first woman director, Wadjda helmer Haifaa Al-Mansour is in final negotiations for her follow-up film: a romance between writers Percy Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (later Mary Shelley). 

A Storm in the Stars will focus on the 18-year-old Mary Shelley's tumultuous relationship with the married poet and her work of writing the novel Frankenstein. (Shelley was 21 years old when her masterpiece was published.) Fingers crossed that Mary Wollstonecraft -- prominent 18th-century feminist, author of The Vindication of the Rights of Women, and Mary Shelley's mother -- makes an appearance.

Producer Amy Baer said of the project, "From the minute I read the script [by Emma Jensen], I was hoping to find a female director who would realize what Emma was trying to say -- that Mary Shelley's story is as much about female empowerment and about a woman ahead of her time, and not just a 'monster' origin story." 

Rebecca Miller and Joannie Burstein will executive produce. 

[h/t Deadline]

This article is related to: Women Directors, Women Producers, Wadjda , A Storm in the Stars

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