The signing of the British director comes on the heels of a strong reception for “Belle” at the Toronto Film Festival. Variety‘s Justin Chang gave the period drama a rave review, calling it “surprisingly elegant and emotionally satisfying.”
Warner-based Denise DiNovi is producing with partner Alison Greenspan. Christina Hodson is writing the script for “Unforgettable,” which centers on a man whose new wife is menaced by his ex-wife.
Lynn Harris is overseeing for Warner Bros.
Asante was selected last month as one of Variety’s 10 Directors to Watch. She began her career as an actor on the British show “Grange Hill” and made her directorial debut in 2004 with “A Way of Life,” which centered on a single teen mother.
“Belle” will be released by Fox Searchlight on May 2. The film focuses on Dido Elizabeth Belle, a biracial daughter of a Royal Navy captain, who fought to end slavery in England during the 18th century.
Asante is repped by CAA in the U.S. and United Agents in the U.K.