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Exclusive: CODA‘s Sian Heder to Direct The Blue Afternoon That Lasted Forever for Paramount; Sarah Polley Eyed to Rewrite Script

The two most recent winners of the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay may be teaming up in the future, as Sian Heder (CODA) is attached to direct The Blue Afternoon That Lasted Forever for Paramount, which is in early negotiations with Sarah Polley (Women Talking) to rewrite the script, though it’s still too soon to tell whether the latter deal will make, according to sources.

Paramount emerged from a bidding war in May 2020 with the rights to Robopocalypse author Daniel H. Wilson‘s sci-fi spec script, which will be produced by A Quiet Place duo Andrew Form and Brad Fuller.

Wilson adapted his own short story, which follows Eric, a single dad and NASA physicist who discovers a black hole that will swallow Earth in a matter of days. The problem is that no one believes him, including his colleagues at NASA. The one person who trusts him is his 10-year-old daughter, Marie, but even that bond is now being threatened. Eric finds himself trying to save both his relationship with Marie and a populace unwilling to heed his warnings of the impending disaster.

Women Talking
Claire Foy and Sarah Polley on the set of Women Talking/Michael Gibson/Orion Releasing

Heder’s CODA won three Academy Awards last year, including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor for Troy Kotsur. She made her feature directing debut with the 2016 indie Tallulah, which starred Elliot Page and Allison Janney. More recently, Heder has been involved in Apple’s excellent anthology series Little America as a writer, director, and executive producer. She’s represented by CAA.

Polley is red hot right now, coming off of her Oscar win this past Sunday for adapting Miriam Toews‘ novel Women Talking, which was also nominated for Best Picture. A former actress herself, Polley is also the writer-director of Take This Waltz and the acclaimed documentary Stories We Tell, and she’s represented by WME and Circle of Confusion, which also rep Wilson.

A representative for Paramount did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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