Julianne Moore, Oscar-nommed for her performance in Columbia’s “The End of the Affair” is in early talks to topline “I Was Amelia Earhart” at Fine Line Features.
Produced by Harry and Mary Jane Ufland, pic is based on the 1996 fictionalized bio from Jane Mendelsohn. “Earhart” is being helmed by Fred Schepisi (“Six Degrees of Separation,” “Roxanne”), who is also rewriting the script.
A deal for Moore would require that “Earhart” be lensed immediately following “Hannibal” — the sequel to the 1991 best picture winner “The Silence of the Lambs” that was based on the Thomas Harris novel of the same name.
While scheduling may still be problematic — Moore had been attached to star in M. Night Shyamalan’s “Unbreakable” opposite Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson only to ankle when the role of FBI agent Clarice Starling presented itself — insiders are optimistic that the MGM/Universal co-production of “Hannibal” will end in time to begin the imagined tale of the famed aviatrix.
Cate Blanchett had also been courted for the role of Amelia, but her sked makes her unavailable for lensing.
Moore is repped by CAA.