EXCLUSIVE: Patricia Arquette is set to make her directorial debut with Rh Negative Entertainment and Catch & Release Films’ adaptation of Gonzo Girl, with Camila Morrone, Willem Dafoe and Arquette. The film is based on the acclaimed novel of the same name by Cheryl Della Pietra and will be adapted by Rebecca Thomas and Jessica Caldwell.
Tom Heller is producing through Rh Negative Entertainment, as are Frank Hall Green through Catch & Release Films, Cameron O’Reilly through Bayard Productions and Arquette. Heller and Green have been the driving force in pushing this forward, with production slated to begin this week in Utah.
The novel is set in 1992 and follows an aspiring writer Alley Russo (Morrone) has an exciting new job, as an assistant to legendary “gonzo journalist” Walker Reade (Dafoe), living in his resort/party house in Aspen. . Under orders to help the famously chaotic Walker settle in to work on his latest, long-promised blur of fact and fiction, Alley soon learns the truth: a life of chronic drug addiction has eroded Walker’s writing ability. , until he can produce from his drug-soaked brain are pages of word salad. Forced to help a maniacal, soggy fanatic through one relatively uncreative day after another, Alley begins to turn Walker’s rants and raves into publishable prose by filtering it through the filter of her own mind and own typewriter, an act of moral support/plagiarism/betrayal that keeps Walker’s career alive – for a few more months.
Arquette will star as “Claudia”, caretaker and manager for many years of “gonzo journalist” Walker Reade.
Although this marks her directorial debut on the acting side, Arquette recently earned another accolade, receiving a supporting actress nomination for her critically acclaimed work in Apple’s Breakup. She will next be seen in the AppleTV+ series High Desert, which it also produces. She is replaced by Gersh, 3 Arts Entertainment and attorney Rick Genow of Goodman, Genow, Schenkman.
Dafoe remains very busy with some of his upcoming projects, including that of Walter Hill dead for a dollar, On the inside and poor things, also starring Emma Stone and Mark Ruffalo. It is replaced by WME and Circle of Confusion.
Morrone can be seen in the next Amazon series Daisy Jones and the Six. The series is based on the New York Times bestselling novel of the same name by Taylor Jenkins Reid and her role was one of the most coveted television roles at the time of her casting. His previous credits include A24’s Never come backand independent drama mickey and the bear, which premiered at SXSW. She recently wrapped production on Jam. She is replaced by WME and lawyer Steve Warren of Hansen Jacobson.
Heller’s film resume reads like a who’s who of independent film, having produced an executive foxcatcher, Mud, win win, 127 hours and much honored Precious. He is president of Rh Negative Entertainment, the production company founded by Regina Hall. Hall Green wrote and directed Festival Darling savage and he is in post-production on the dramatic feature If you see something.