Following the recent news that Seth Gordon would be helming the upcoming, high-profile Uncharted movie, the director continues to enjoy his winning streak by taking the reins of Queen Of Hearts for Oddlot Entertainment.
Now one of the hottest scripts in Hollywood, Queen Of Hearts is written by Stephanie Shannon, and won her a 2013 Academy Nicholl Fellowship In Screenwriting – the winners of which receive a prize of $35,000. As one of five projects selected from 7, 251 submissions, the quality of Shannon’s script was such that it also landed firmly on the 2013 Black List.
The story tells of a passionate love affair that leaves legendary writer Lewis Carroll heartbroken, and leads him to write his most famous novel, Alice In Wonderland. The popularity of the script undoubtedly benefits from the current trend in revisionist cinematic fairy tales – with Disney soon releasing Maleficent and Cinderella, and Snow White And The Huntsman 2 also looming on the horizon.
Having snapped up the script, Oddlot Entertainment have hired Seth Gordon to develop and direct the project. Gordon first came to prominence in 2007 with the documentary The King Of Kong: A Fistful Of Quarters – about video game fans vying for World Records in arcade game competitions – so it is perhaps no surprise that he would land the top job on video game adaptation Uncharted. However, Queen Of Hearts breaks new ground for him. Having honed his directing skills on TV comedies such as Parks And Recreation, Community, The Office, Modern Family, Breaking In and The Goldbergs, Gordon has most recently cemented his reputation as director of reliably successful big-budget studio comedies, such as Four Christmases, Horrible Bosses and Identity Thief.
A fairy tale origin story makes for a new and interesting chapter in the career of Seth Gordon, but with Uncharted up first, it will be a while before we see how he plays his Queen Of Hearts.
Source: First Showing