Lynne Ramsey offers updates on multiple projects

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The brilliant Lynne Ramsey reveals some exciting details about a number of upcoming projects – and hopefully, there are lots of films on the way.

Lynne Ramsay may not be the most prolific of feature film directors but no matter how long it takes for her projects to come together, they tend to be worth the wait. In the last 13 years, Ramsay has bought us We Need to Talk About Kevin and You Were Never Really Here. Despite only directing two features in that time period – and not for the want of trying for more – Ramsay has produced plenty of other material outside of feature films and has a number of exciting projects on her slate.

Speaking to Screen Daily, Ramsay offered a few updates on a number of projects she is aiming to get made with some being closer to fruition than others.

First up, Ramsay is hoping to get her adaptation of Stone Mattress up and running sometime this year. The film is an adaptation of a Margaret Atwood short story and centres on ‘a woman who goes on a cruise in frozen region and encounters a man who raped her 50 years ago.’

Julianne Moore and Sandra Oh are confirmed cast members for the project and it looks like the planning issues of filming on location in Greenland on a boat are holding things up. Ramsay added that, “I’m going to shoot it soon, but it’s still to be confirmed. With boats, it’s a logistical issue. I’ll never make a film in a boat again!”

Ramsey also offered an update on Polaris and her plans to reunite with You Were Never Really Here star, Joaquin Phoenix.

Phoenix was originally set to star in the film alongside Rooney Mara, and although little is known about the project, Ramsay did say “it was a project we’ve been wanting for a long time – it’s an original script and I’m really excited about it.”

However, with news breaking last week that Rooney Mara has signed up for a string of projects, including starring opposite Phoenix in Pawel Pawlikowski’s The Island, due to shoot next year, we’d imagine this one might be some way off and may well look for new leads. Ramsey acknowledged that, adding “they’ve got a lot of things going on, but it was originally for those two.”

Die, My Love is a project that Ramsay has been working on that is set to star Jennifer Lawrence, who is also set to produce. On that front, the director seemed more upbeat stating, “it’s something I’m working on. It’s super interesting material and really bold, I’m really excited by [it]. I love writing as well, so I’m kind of getting into that right now”.

Finally, the filmmaker also briefly mentioned her long-gestating Moby Dick adaptation, dismissing it as having ‘budget issues’. Plus, with Ramsey’s sworn oath to not make any more films on boats, it may be that this one is officially dead. Still, Ramsay has plenty of projects to keep her busy so here’s hoping that the next decade sees her put a few more films into the world. Fingers crossed.

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