Many people believe there’s a curse on the Best Supporting Actress Oscar, and that while it might seem it’ll massively boost someone’ career, history has shown it either does nothing or actually results in actresses getting fewer role (just take a look through a list of the winners and you’ll see how little this ‘career high’ actually helps actresses).
However Anne Hathaway is hoping she’ll buck the trend and stay at the top of the actress tree. THR reveals that she’s set to produce and star in an adaptation of Charlotte Rogan’s historical novel, The Lifeboat.
Working Title and Focus Features are backing the film, with William Broyles Jr. writing the book. The story is about ‘Grace Winter, who is standing trial for murder in 1914. The young woman is both a newlywed and a widow, and she recounts how she survived the sinking of the transatlantic ship Empress with the help of her new husband, only to end up in a lifeboat. The quandary, however, is that there are too many people in the boat and the survivors soon start talking about getting rid of certain people.’
No director is currently attached, but with the Lifeboat setting, expect plenty of people lining up to take on the technical challenge.