Marleen Gorris, who wrote and directed the 1995 foreign language Oscar-winner “Antonia’s Line,” has taken the helming reins of “Come West with Me” for Fox 2000.
Pic marks the first time the Dutch filmmaker, who has specialized in challenging dramas about sexual politics, has helmed a major studio picture.
“Come West” is being produced by Susan Landau from a script by Craig Bolotin.
Based on the play “Abundance” by Beth Henley, the nineteenth century drama tells the story of two women who make the journey west as mail-order brides. Their friendship is tested by the myriad of hardships they endure and their love for the same man.
Ashley Burleson is the executive overseeing the project for Fox 2000.
With Gorris at the helm, Fox is expected to ink the two female and one male leads in time for a fall start.
Gorris recently completed her English-language directing debut with the bigscreen version of Virginia Woolf’s “Mrs. Dalloway,” which is being distributed by First Look Pictures.
After premiering at an all-female screening at the Cannes film market in 1995, “Antonia’s Line” went on to win critical acclaim at the Toronto Film Festival before picking up the coveted foreign-lingo Oscar.
Before “Line,” the Dutch filmmaker was best known Stateside for “Broken Mirrors,” her 1982 pic that examined life in a brothel.
Gorris was repped on the deal by Patty Detroit of International Creative Management.