Anne Hathaway loved the script of a play she acted in so much that she went ahead and bought the film rights even before the first curtain call at The Public Theatre in New York. The actress is now planning on making a film based on the Julie Taymor-directed single-actor play, Grounded.
The story revolves around a conflicted American Air Force pilot responsible for operating an unmanned drone and Hathaway will produce the film alongside acting in it. Entertainment 360's Suzan Bymel and Ben Forkner will co-produce the project along with Sidney Kimmel Entertainment which will also be financing it.
Written by George Brant, the play script explores the ethics involved in drone warfare, a subject that is slowly become important, even to filmmakers. Ethan Hawke starrer Good Kill and Drones both touched on the same issue but were not successful at the box office.
Going by reviews of the play, Hathaway did a good job of the story and hopefully will have the same response on the big screen. "Hathaway masterfully navigates her terrifying dive from high-flying heroics to the appalling reality of guiding drones," Variety opined it its review of Grounded while Entertainment Weekly called it "a delicate high-wire act that Hathaway navigates successfully".
Hathaway has been busy on the home front with the birth of her son Jonathan on 24 March but is already making work plans. She has even mentioned being open to a sequel of the Princess Diaries franchise.
For now, the 33-year-old actress will put on her other crown as the White Queen in Alice Through The Looking Glass that releases on 27 May.