Wind Dancer Aquires 'BFF'

November 20, 2008

By DAVE MCNARY - Variety

Wind Dancer Films has acquired the female buddy comedy spec script "BFF" from the writing team of Vanessa Parise and Robin Dunne.

H2F's Chris Fenton and Chris Cowles will produce the project along with Matt Williams and Judd Payne of Wind Dancer.

The script follows two childhood best friends reunited years later in Manhattan, where one has found success while the other remained unfulfilled in their small hometown.

Parise's credits include "Kiss the Bride," in which she also starred, and "Jack and Jill vs. the World." Dunne co-created, wrote and produces the "Roxy Hunter" telepics for Nickelodeon and stars in the series "Sanctuary" for Sci Fi Channel.

H2F recently wrapped "Still Waiting" for Lionsgate and is prepping production on a sequel to "The Marine."

Wind Dancer's teamed with Store Front Prods. on "Daughter of the Queen of Sheba," to star Amy Adams.

By DAVE MCNARY - Variety

Amy Adams will star in the indie drama "Daughter of the Queen of Sheba" for producers Susan Cartsonis and Matt Williams ("What Women Want").

Script, penned by Karen Croner based on the bio of NPR correspondent Jacki Lyden, centers on how a woman uses her mother's madness and delusions to empower herself.

Lyden was NPR's first correspondent on the air in the aftermath of 9/11 and went to Afghanistan for the radio pubcaster soon after the Taliban fell. She's working on a book about the secret lives of a small group of Iraqi friends and reported on the slaying of her translator by an American soldier.

Adams stars opposite Meryl Streep in the upcoming "Doubt" and in "Julie and Julia." She also appears opposite Ben Stiller in "Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian."

Croner's credits include "One True Thing" and "Tribes of Palos Verdes."

Adams is repped by Endeavor and the Firm.

By DAVE MCNARY - Variety

Wind Dancer Films is developing an adaptation of Howard Blum's recently published "American Lightning: Terror, Mystery, the Birth of Hollywood, and the Crime of the Century."

Wind Dancer's Matt Williams, David McFadzean and Judd Payne will produce. The company purchased the rights after Payne read Blum's Vanity Fair piece titled "American Dynamite," a teaser to the book.

"Lightning" follows the true story of the 1910 terrorist bombings of the Los Angeles Times that killed 20 people and were part of a bungled homegrown assault on 100 American cities. Its aftermath included a battle between William J. Burns -- considered America's top detective -- and crusading lawyer Clarence Darrow to uncover the violent truth behind the bombings.

Blum also penned nonfiction books "The Brigade" and "The Gold of Exodus." Miramax purchased feature rights to "The Brigade."

Williams and McFadzean created "Home Improvement" and produced "What Women Want." Payne recently produced David O. Russell's "Nailed" and "Passengers."