Ellison will produce alongside Anne Carey of Archer Gray and Youree Henley. The film will begin production later this year in Southern California.
“20th Century Women” is centered on three very different women teaching a boy what men are, what women are, and about love and freedom in Santa Barbara 1979. When the boy’s mother takes in a male border, his world view is further shaken.
“The film is an ode to the women who raised me; my mom, my sisters, the girls I was in love with or looked up to at school and in the punk rock scene where I really learned about the world,” Mills said.
Mills made his feature-film directorial debut with 2005’s “Thumbsucker,” which he adapted from a novel of the same name by Walter Kirn. In 2010, Mills wrote and directed “Beginners,” starring Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer and Melanie Laurent.
Chris Corabi and Vanessa Fung negotiated the deal on behalf of Annapurna. Mills is represented by UTA.