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Anne Hathaway and Salma Hayek Pinault to Star in Kotaro Isaka’s ‘Seesaw Monster’ at Netflix

Japanese mystery writer Kotaro Isaka will soon see his novel Seesaw Monster turned into a Netflix feature starring Anne Hathaway and Selma Hayek Pinault. The novel, which moves between Showa Japan (1926-1989) and the year 2050, is an account of the rivalry between a daughter-in-law and her mother-in-law.

While details about the director and plot have not been revealed, Netflix says the film will be “an action comedy two-hander” with the two actors in place. The screenplay will be written by Olivia Milch, who wrote, directed, and produced Dude for Netflix. Milch is also credited as the co-writer of Ocean’s 8.

This is not the first time one of Isaka’s novels has been adapted for the screen. He is perhaps best known for having written Maria Beetle, which was turned into the 2022 comedic thriller Bullet Train starring Brad Pitt. Isaka’s so-called “Human” trilogy, which includes Maria Beetle and Three Assassins, was the inspiration for Grasshopper, a film released in 2015.

Anne Hathaway won an Oscar for her role in Les Miserables (2013), having garnered a nomination for Rachel Getting Married (2009). More recently, she starred in HBO Max’s adaptation of The Witches. She also appeared opposite Jeremy Strong and Anthony Hopkins in James Grey’s autobiographical drama Armaggedon Time, which was lauded by critics at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival. On television, she was seen as the wife of WeWork’s Adam Neumann in WeCrashed, a series for Apple TV+.

Selma Hayek Pinault won an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of painter Frida Kahlo in the 2002 biopic Frida. She most recently appeared opposite Lady Gaga in Ridley Scott’s crime drama House of Gucci and in Marvel’s Eternals. Upcoming plans include a starring role with Channing Tatum in Magic Mike’s Last Dance and a role in Angelina Jolie’s Without Blood.

Hathaway and Hayek Pnault are listed as producers for the upcoming Seesaw Monster project, along with Akiva Goldsman and Gregory Lessans, plus Bullet Train producers Ryosuke Saegusa and Yuma Terada.

Edward Moran
Edward Moran
Edward Moran began his journalistic career many decades ago as a theater and cinema reviewer for Show Business and the New York Theater Review. More recently he contributed film reviews to and Movie Sleuth. His writings have appeared in publications as diverse as the Times Literary Supplement, Publishers Weekly, the Paris Review, and the Massachusetts Review. Moran also edited a memoir by Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Christine Choy. He served as literary advisor to her film Hyam Plutzik: American Poet, which was the keynote film in the American Perspectives series at the 2007 Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Berlin.


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