THR report that Hathaway is attached to both produce and star in the adaptation of Charlotte Rogan’s debut novel, the rights for which have been jointly acquired by Working Title and Focus Features.
Courtesy of Amazon, here’s the synopsis for Rogan’s original novel:
Grace Winter, 22, is both a newlywed and a widow. She is also on trial for her life.
In the summer of 1914, the elegant ocean liner carrying Grace and her husband Henry across the Atlantic suffers a mysterious explosion. Setting aside his own safety, Henry secures Grace a place in a lifeboat, which the survivors quickly realize has exceeded capacity. For any to live, some must die.
As the castaways battle the elements and each other, Grace recollects the unorthodox way she and Henry met, and the new life of privilege she thought she’d found. Will she pay any price to keep it?
THE LIFEBOAT is a page-turning novel of hard choices and survival, narrated by a woman as unforgettable and complex as the events she describes.
William Broyles, Jr. (Castaway, Apollo 13) is penning the script. And no director has yet been attached to the film.
Having previously worked with them on Les Misérables, Hathaway will be producing alongside frequent collaborators Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner from Working Title, along with Liza Chasin, and Film 360’s Suzan Bymel and Ben Forkner, with Broyles, Jr. executive producing.
No word yet on when we can expect shooting to get underway, but the project is definitely something to look forward to, like everything Hathaway has on her upcoming slate. Needless to say, we’re looking forward to Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. And with Song One marking her debut as a producer, I have a very good feeling that she’ll be earning many more credits on that side of the industry in the years to come.