Jodie Foster to direct Mona Lisa theft movie

Jodie Foster is set to direct a film about the 1911 theft of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.The project will be based on Seymour Reit’s 1981 book The Day They Stole the Mona Lisa, which delves into how Vincenzo Peruggia, an employee of the Louvre museum…

Jodie Foster is set to direct a film about the 1911 theft of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.

The project will be based on Seymour Reit’s 1981 book The Day They Stole the Mona Lisa, which delves into how Vincenzo Peruggia, an employee of the Louvre museum in Paris, had managed to steal the portrait and walk out with it hidden under his coat.

Confirming the news to Deadline at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, producer Jeffrey Soros noted that he expects the film to be a thrilling drama.

“This happened in 1911, and it was the thing that made the Mona Lisa so famous… We have got a whole new script for Jodie Foster to direct,” he told the publication. “This is in the mould of (classic movie) The Thomas Crown Affair… It is a fun story, and the crime itself is not sophisticated. Our story mixes truth and fiction, and the focus is on the characters behind orchestrating the theft.”

An Italian patriot, Peruggia believed the famous painting should be exhibited in Italy, and ultimately kept it in his apartment for two years before being caught trying to sell it to an art dealer in Florence. The Mona Lisa was returned to the Louvre in 1914, with Peruggia serving six months in prison over the crime.

Screenwriter Bill Wheeler, known for his work on films like Queen of Katwe, Ghost in the Shell, and The Lego Ninjago movie, will pen the script.

Meanwhile, the film marks Foster’s next major directing gig, with the Oscar-winning actress previously having helmed 1991’s Little Man Tate, 1995’s Home for the Holidays, 2011’s The Beaver, and 2016’s Money Monster.

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Jodie Foster: ‘Hollywood has a problem with female filmmakers’

Jodie Foster is adamant that Hollywood has a “problem” with women filmmakers.As well as having a successful acting career, with Oscar-winning turns in The Accused and The Silence of the Lambs, Jodie has helmed films such as 2011’s The Beaver and 2016’s…

Jodie Foster is adamant that Hollywood has a “problem” with women filmmakers.

As well as having a successful acting career, with Oscar-winning turns in The Accused and The Silence of the Lambs, Jodie has helmed films such as 2011’s The Beaver and 2016’s Money Monster, as well as episodes of TV shows Orange Is the Black and House of Cards.

However, she has now claimed that women are still not getting the same opportunities as men when it comes to directing major U.S. projects.

“It’s America that’s the problem, and it has been for a very long time,” Jodie told The Hollywood Reporter at the premiere of her sci-fi action film Hotel Artemis in Los Angeles. “We need to bang the head of America to let them know that it needs female directors.”

She went on to note that Europe has “always been ahead” when it comes to inclusivity and stated that there is room for more women filmmakers in Hollywood, with Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman, released in 2017 and starring Gal Gadot, setting a precedent.

In Hotel Artemis, Jodie has left directing duties up to Drew Pearce and takes on the role of Jean Thomas, a woman who runs a secret hospital for criminals. And while she enjoyed acting alongside Sterling K. Brown, Sofia Boutella, Jeff Goldblum and Dave Bautista in the flick, she intends to focus her attention back on making films in the near future.

“I said it and I’ll keep saying it – I want to direct,” the 55-year-old insisted. “And I will direct more than I acted.”

Hotel Artemis, which also features Jenny Slate and Brian Tyree Henry, hits cinemas from 8 June.

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