IFC has ‘Snake’ charmer

Oscar-nommed actor to take direction from wife Miller

Daniel Day-Lewis, who won a BAFTA Sunday night for his performance in “Gangs of New York,” will next star in “Rose and the Snake.” The film was co-written and will be directed by “Personal Velocity” helmer Rebecca Miller.

IFC Films will produce the project, with Initial Entertainment Group handling foreign distribution. Production begins this summer.

Day-Lewis will portray the father of a 16-year-old daughter, Rose. They live on an abandoned commune on an island off the northwest coast of Canada, where he has tried to shield her from the modern world. However, when he brings a lover and her two sons to live with them, Rose undergoes a sexual awakening with liberating and devastating consequences.

Lemore Syvan, who produced “Personal Velocity” and “Angela” for Miller, will also produce “Rose and the Snake.” Jonathan Sehring and Caroline Kaplan of IFC Films will exec produce with IEG principal Graham King.

Day-Lewis — who won an Oscar for his performance in “My Left Foot” and is nominated for an Academy Award as best actor in “Gangs” — is married to Miller. “Rose” will be the couple’s first collaboration on a film.

Project reps Day-Lewis’ second pairing with IEG, which co-financed “Gangs,” Day-Lewis’ first film in five years.

Although IFC has a domestic releasing arm, North American rights on the pic are currently available.

“Personal Velocity” has been nominated for the John Cassavetes Award at the 2003 IFP Independent Spirit Awards and won the 2002 Sundance Grand Jury Prize. Miller wrote the script for “Rose and the Snake” based on a story she wrote with Michael Rohatyn.

Day-Lewis is repped by Gene Parseghian and Tor Belfrage. CAA represents Miller.

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