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Blake Lively to Star in Espionage Thriller ‘THE RHYTHM SECTION’ From 007 Producers

July 12, 2017

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Blake Lively is set to lead a new female-driven international espionage thriller THE RHYTHM SECTION, with financing from leading independent studio IM Global and from 007 producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of EON Productions in London and IM Global Founder and CEO, Stuart Ford.

Wilson and Broccoli will produce. Ford and IM Global’s Academy Award-winning head of production Greg Shapiro (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty, upcoming Detroit) and author/screenwriter Mark Burnell will executive produce.

The Rhythm Section is a contemporary adaption of the first of British thriller writer Mark Burnell’s “Stephanie Patrick” series of four novels. Heroine, Stephanie Patrick (Lively) is on a path of self-destruction after the death of her family in an airplane crash, a flight that she was meant to be on. After discovering that the crash was not an accident, her anger awakens a new sense of purpose and she rises to uncover the truth by adapting the identity of an assassin to track down those responsible. The new, and lethal, Stephanie Patrick is on a mission to fill the void between what she knows and what she is told. Other novels in Burnell’s popular series includes “Gemini”, “The Third Woman” and “Chameleon”.

Wilson and Broccoli said:

“We are thrilled to be bringing Mark Burnell’s THE RHYTHM SECTION to the big screen with our partners at IM Global. It is exciting for us to be working with the immensely talented team of director Reed Morano and actress Blake Lively who have a strong vision for this very compelling story driven by a female protagonist.”

Ford said:

“In Stephanie Patrick Mark [Burnell] has created a unique female heroine who turns so many of the current cinematic clichés surrounding so-called “kick-ass” female leads on their head. To be bringing such a fresh, realistic and bold international thriller to the big screen with EON Productions, Reed and Blake is an exciting proposition for us all at IM Global.”

Production will commence this fall and likely to take place in the UK, Ireland, Spain, Switzerland and the US.

 

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