Stone taking on ‘Forest’

Eslinger-helmed project 'Man' looking for financing

American filmmaker Ryan Eslinger has snagged Sharon Stone to star in his $2 million indie project “When a Man Falls in a Forest,” and he’s also penning a script for her to direct.

In the as-yet-unfinanced pic, Stone is attached to play an unhappily married woman who shoplifts to relieve her suffering. The woman is one of four sad, middle-class characters living in a small town in the Midwest.

Eslinger’s first pic, “Madness and Genius,” drew critical acclaim and a William Morris Agency contract for the then 22-year-old novice helmer when it unspooled at the Toronto Film Festival in 2003.

New effort is one of 18 projects featured in the Cannes Film Festival’s “Atelier du Cinema” line-up of pics looking for coin. It has also been selected for the Sundance Institute’s filmmakers lab next month.

In a separate project initiated by Stone, also repped by William Morris, Eslinger, is penning a script for the actress to direct. Eslinger said the screenplay’s scientific theme has echoes of his “Madness and Genius.”

Made with helmer’s savings of $19,000, “Genius” is about a student who blackmails his teacher in order to steal a scientific discovery and claim it as his own — “Stanley Kubrick meets ‘Good Will Hunting,'” in the helmer’s words.

Eslinger said “It will be a challenge for her to play a Midwestern housewife.”

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety

Loading