Olivia Wilde sets her second film as director

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Olivia Wilde will follow up Booksmart with Perfect – and it’s been snapped up in a $15m deal.

If you’ve not yet had the chance to check out Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut, Booksmart, then please do. The movie is available on streaming services now, and was one of the flat out treats of last year’s new releases.

And good news too: Wilde has found her second project behind the camera, and a bidding war has broken out for it.

She’s going to be making Perfect, the story of Olympic gymnast Kerri Strug. She was notable for landing America’s first gold medal of the 1996 Olympics, in spire of having an injured ankle. She told her story in the memoir Landing On My Feet, A Diary Of Dreams, and that’s the text that’s going to be the foundation of the new film.

Ronnie Sandahl, who penned Borg/McEnroe, has written the screenplay for the movie, and the project has now landed at the door of Fox Searchlight. It paid a reported $15m for the project. Deadline reports that it wasn’t the highest bid for the film, with streaming service HBO Max offering “significantly more”. But Wilde and her team were after a theatrical release, and thus have taken the lower offer.

No word as of yet as to when the movie will be pushing forward and eventually released. It’s something very much to look forward to when it arrives, though.


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