Another film that has found financing at the Toronto International Film Festival is Amy Berg‘s crime drama Every Secret Thing, starring Diane Lane and Elizabeth Banks.
Nicole Holofcener (Please Give, Friends with Money) wrote a screenplay based on the novel by Laura Lippman.
Story follows two 11-year-old girls who are convicted of murdering a baby and incarcerated until they reached 18. Upon their release, children start to go missing; as the police turn their attention once again to the duo. The mystery takes center stage in what sounds like an intriguing character drama.
Producer Bregman said:
Great, female-driven crime movies are few and far between – and one this original and surprising is like a gift. It’s gratifying that so many talented and enthusiastic collaborators agree – from the creative to the financial sides and everywhere in between.
Filming is set to get underway in February 2013. Lane and Berg should both play mothers of troubled girls.
Berg is at the Toronto Film Festival for the premiere of West Memphis 3; Lane recently wrapped production on Superman film Man of Steel, while Banks will be next seen in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Pitch Perfect.
The book synopsis:
Alice Manning and Ronnie Fuller, two 11-year-old Baltimore girls, were on their way home from a birthday party when their lives were changed forever. The girls spot a child, unattended in a baby carriage. Deciding to help, the girls take the baby and try to care for it. But the baby dies, and Alice and Ronnie are sent away for 7 years.
At the age of 18, the two girls are released and instructed to have no contact with one another. Each girl is to try to build a new life for herself. But when babies start to disappear in situations startlingly similar to Alice and Ronnie’s crime, people begin to wonder whether the two girls should have been released and what really happened to the baby the girls were charged with murdering.