Steven Soderbergh's Side Effects, Now Titled Bitter Pill, Finds Financing
Apparently Blake Lively really was holding Steven Soderbergh's The Side Effects back. It was reported last week that the project had lost its financing because Annapurna Pictures wasn't willing to invest in a film with Blake Lively as the lead. Despite confidence that they would get money elsewhere, the people behind the film did start looking for alternative actresses and landed a major upgrade when the newly-Oscar-nominated Rooney Mara signed on to take over for Lively. Now, just a little over 24 hours later, the movie has found its money.
Endgame Entertainment has come on to back the project, which is now titled Bitter Pill (a slight change from the original title The Bitter Pill), according to THR. In addition to Mara, the project has a stacked cast, with Jude Law, Channing Tatum and Catherine Zeta Jones all in talks. Endgame is also talking with 1984 Pictures to co-finance, and the company's James D. Stern and Douglas E. Hansen will executive produce alongside Gregory Jacobs and Lorenzo di Bonaventura.
Written by Scott Z. Burns, who previously worked with Soderbergh on Contagion and The Informant!, Bitter Pill tells the story of a woman (Mara) who is dealing with an incredible amount of stress due to her husband (Tatum) being released from prison. She begins to take prescription pills to handle, however, it leads her down a dark path. Open Road Films is already set to distribute the movie, which is aiming to come out in the first half of 2013. Production is scheduled to start this spring.
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