David Auburn to serve as screenwriter for Charlie’s Angels. Sony Pictures has picked the Pulitzer Prize-winning Proof playwright to write the script for the Elizabeth Banks-helmed action series reboot.
Auburn’s involvement with the film might come as a surprise to some given the high-brow nature of his stage work, but Sony and Banks explain that it suits their creative vision for the Charlie’s Angels franchise, with Banks praising his “ability to create three new dynamic yet grounded ‘Angels'”:
As with the two movies, the new version will revolve around a trio of women who work as private detectives. Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu starred in those films, which earned a combined $523 million worldwide, underscoring Charlie’s Angels‘ importance to the studio.
Banks’ husband and producing partner Max Handelman is producing alongside Elizabeth Cantillon. Andrea Giannetti is overseeing for the studio.
Though he has had a busy career on the stage, Auburn’s Hollywood work has been somewhat limited. The New York-based writer’s play Proof was adapted into a 2005 film starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Anthony Hopkins and Jake Gyllenhaal. He co-wrote the screenplay with Rebecca Miller. Since then, Auburn penned the Keanu Reeves-Sandra Bullock romance pic The Lake House (2006) and wrote and directed The Girl in the Park (2007) starring Sigourney Weaver and Kate Bosworth.
His short play An Upset debuted in April at the Sheats-Goldstein Residence in Beverly Hills.
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