Emily Carmichael To Helm Family Action Flick Powerhouse; Steven Spielberg, Colin Trevorrow Producing


Up-and-coming director Emily Carmichael will write and direct family action movie Powerhouse, to be produced by Colin Trevorrow and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment.

Word comes by way of The Hollywood Reporter, confirming that Spielberg and Trevorrow – who steered Jurassic World into a global box office phenomenon in 2015 – will reteam for the adventure film, which has also drafted in the producing support of Simon Kinberg, a stalwart of Fox’s X-Men franchise and beyond.

No word yet on plot details for Carmichael’s feature film, though the fact that Amblin was so keen to work with the writer-director – after it lent Trevorrow a shot at the big time with 2012’s indie drama Safety Not Guaranteed – is a resounding vote of confidence for her vision. Indeed, Trevorrow himself heaped praise on Carmichael, believing her to be “the next great writer/director of the kind of movies I love. Her ability to find warmth and humanity in genre storytelling is a superpower in itself.”

Long before Emily Carmichael was linked with the coveted Captain Marvel gig, the up-and-comer garnered acclaimed all across Sundance, Tribeca and South by Southwest, with short film The Hunter and the Swan Discuss Their Meeting in particular attracting the attention of Colin Trevorrow. Upon setting up a meeting, it’s understood Trevorrow welcomed Carmichael onto the set of The Book of Henry, allowing the pair to hatch the characters that will soon feature in Powerhouse.

We’ll be keeping tabs on Emily Carmichael’s latest creative venture as it develops. For now though, tell us, what do you make of the filmmaker’s nascent project?