Reese Witherspoon has signed on to star in and produce the supernatural thriller Cold. Producing alongside Witherspoon is Bruna Papandrea, Witherspoon’s collaborator under their Pacific Standard banner. Although the production company was established in 2012, it has already made a mark with hit films like Gone Girl and Wild, the latter featuring an Oscar-nominated performance by Witherspoon herself.
Lionsgate acquired rights to the movie based on a pitch by Bill Marsilii, who is known for another supernatural flick, the 2006 Denzel Washington sci-fi thriller Deja Vu.
Details are being kept under wraps, but Cold is being referred to as a dark thriller. If the film follows the pattern set by Pacific Standard’s releases to date, it will likely be a female-centric project. The company has made a practice of buying popular books about women and adapting them to the big screen.
“The place and the position that I’ve had, I feel a responsibility to take care of others, help tell more women’s stories [and] get the word out there that women are complex, dynamic [and] interesting,” Witherspoon told Marc Malkin of E online . “We’re not just one thing or another.”
Other films Pacific Standard has in the works include the astronaut flick Pale Blue Dot, in which Witherspoon will also star, and an adaptation of Jessica Knoll’s best-selling crime fiction novel, Luckiest Girl Alive.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news about Cold.
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