Beautiful Ruins: Mulan Director Niki Caro to Helm Adaptation for Amblin
Variety is reporting that director Niki Caro (Mulan, Whale Rider, The Zookeeper’s Wife) will helm the feature adaptation of Beautiful Ruins for Amblin Partners.
Based on the best-selling novel by Jess Walter, the story is set 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 once-powerhouse producer gets caught up in the magic of the Italian’s story and takes it upon herself to find a happy ending.
The adapted screenplay is written by Mark Hammer and Chiara Atik from an earlier draft by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster.
Amblin is re-teaming with Neal Street Productions (Academy-Award winning war drama 1917) to make the movie. Neal Street’s Pippa Harris, Sam Mendes, and Julie Pastor will produce. Nicolas Brown will serve as executive producer.