Susan Sarandon and Reframed Pictures are partnering with American Masters and Submarine on a documentary about Hedy Lamarr.
“This is the story of a Hollywood actress, defined by her appearance, who is secretly a brilliant inventor and changes the course of history,” said Sarandon.
Alexandra Dean will direct the film with the working title “Hedy: The Untold Story of Actress and Inventor Hedy Lamarr.” Katherine Drew and Adam Haggiag will produce, Sarandon and Michael Kantor will exec produce, and David Koh and Dan Braun of Submarine will co-produce.
The film will be produced in association with Thirteen Productions LLC’s American Masters for WNET, and have its exclusive U.S. broadcast premiere on the “American Masters” series on PBS. The documentary received funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
Lamarr, who would have turned 101 on Monday, is celebrated today with a Google doodle.
Lamarr appeared nude at the age of 17 in the 1933 Czech film “Ecstasy” and later married a prominent Austrian businessman who became a weapons dealer to the Nazis. Lamarr, who was born Jewish, fled her husband in the middle of the night, boarding a boat for America with nothing to her name except a single designer gown. She eventually convinced MGM boss Louis B. Mayer to sign her to a deal.
She married six times. Lamarr was also a secret inventor who helped the Allies win the war with a wireless form of communication called “frequency hopping,” which would go on to revolutionize communications all over the world.
Submarine has pre-sold the German and Austrian rights to NFP Films; pan-Scandinavian rights to NonStop Entertainment; Canadian rights to Films We Like; and U.K. distribution rights and the rest of the world to Dogwoof.
The deal was announced at the American Film Market. Submarine is representing theatrical and the rest of the rights, minus television, for the U.S.