Benaroya told Variety that his banner is fully financing “Z for Zachariah” with plans to start shooting in Atlanta in November to have it ready in time for Cannes.
Variety reported that the project had been set up during Cannes with Craig Zobel attached to direct from a script by Nissar Modi. Lotus Entertainment launched sales on “Zachariah” at that market.
Based on the Robert O’Brien novel, the story follows a teenage girl who lives alone on a farm in the only valley with breathable air in the wake of nuclear war. Her world is turned upside down when two strangers wander in from the forest.
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Benaroya is also a producer with Anthony Katagas on Michael Almereyda’s “Cymbeline” starring Ethan Hawke in a modern-day adaptation of William Shakespeare’s play. Benaroya’s Intl. Film Trust is handling foreign sales on the project, which went into production last month.