On the heels of the award-winning 1917, Amblin Partners and Pippa Harris & Sam Mendes’ Neal Street Productions are reteaming on Beautiful Ruins.
The story begins in an Italian seaside village in 1962, where a charming young man runs a hotel with no guests, until one day an American starlet, fresh from the set of Cleopatra, appears and captures his heart.
Five decades later in Hollywood, a jaded assistant to a powerhouse producer gets caught up in the magic of his story, and takes it upon herself to find a happy ending.
Based on the New York Times bestseller (buy at Amazon) written by Jess Walter (pictured below), the script will be written by Mark Hammer (Two Night Stand) and Chiara Atik (Superstore), based on an earlier draft by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster (co-writers on A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Transparent).
Neal Street’s Pippa Harris, Sam Mendes and Julie Pastor will produce, with Nicolas Brown executive producing. Amblin and Neal Street are currently winnowing the list of potential directors.
Amblin Partners’ President of Production Jeb Brody, will oversee for the studio, along with VP of Creative Affairs Mia Maniscalco.
“Collaborating with Sam, Pippa and Neal Street to make 1917 was incredibly rewarding and enjoyable, so when the opportunity arose to work with them again to adapt this beautiful story for the big screen, we didn’t hesitate,” said Brody.
“I’ve admired Beautiful Ruins for many years and am very pleased to be making it here at Amblin.”
Said Pippa Harris, “Sam and I can think of no better home than Amblin for the wildly romantic and cinematic Beautiful Ruins.”
“Steven [Spielberg], Jeff Small [Amblin CEO], Jeb and the entire Amblin team were the most brilliant partners on 1917 and we are thrilled they share our passion for this film.”
Amblin Partners took the project over from Fox 2000, where the film was previously in development.
1917 received 10 nominations at the 92nd Academy Awards, and won three awards, including Best Cinematography, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects. It also won Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Director at the 77th Golden Globe Awards, and at the 73rd British Academy Film Awards won seven awards, including Best Film and Best Direction.
Sam Mendes, the Oscar-winning director of Skyfall, SPECTRE and American Beauty, brought his singular vision to his World War I epic. At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield (George MacKay) and Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman) are given a seemingly impossible mission.
In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers—Blake’s own brother among them.
The film also stars Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Daniel Mays, Adrian Scarborough, Jamie Parker, Nabhaan Rizwan, Claire Duburcq, with Colin Firth, and Benedict Cumberbatch.
Mendes, who directed and wrote the screenplay with Krysty Wilson-Cairns (Penny Dreadful), produced the film with Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road, Away We Go) — his partner at Neal Street Productions — along with Jayne-Ann Tenggren (Spectre, upcoming The Rhythm Section) and Callum McDougall (Mary Poppins Returns, Skyfall).