Academy Award-winning screenwriter, Emerald Fennell, has signed a deal to make her next feature with movie studio MRC Film, Variety is reporting. The untitled project will follow the release of the filmmaker’s 2020 psychological thriller, Promising Young Woman, which won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay last year.
In addition to working with MRC Film, Fennell is also in talks to reunite with LuckyChap Entertainment, the production company she collaborated with on Promising Young Woman. Margot Robbie, who co-founded the company and served as a producer on the acclaimed 2020 drama, is also in talks to reunite with the scribe on her next feature.
As was the case with her last project, Fennell will once again write, helm and produce her next feature. She’s currently in the process of meeting with actors to cast for the movie, which is set to begin filming this summer. There’s no word yet what the upcoming movie will be about, but it’s believed to be a story of obsession.
Promising Young Woman, which marked Fennell’s feature film directorial debut had its world premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Besides wining the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, it was also nominated for four other Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress for Carey Mulligan and Best Film Editing for Frédéric Thoraval.
Fennell also garnered attention last year for working on a contemporary musical version of Cinderella with Andrew Lloyd Webber, which opened in August on the West End. Prior to the success of Promising Young Woman, the filmmaker was best known as a writer and executive producer for the second season of BBC’s hit thriller television series, Killing Eve. In addition to the upcoming untitled movie, she’s also currently developing an anthology series for Showtime with Stoller Global Solutions and Sony TV.
In addition to being an acclaimed filmmaker behind the camera, Fennell is also an celebrated actress. She was nominated for the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Emmy Award last year for her portrayal of Camilla Parker-Bowles on Season 4 of The Crown. As part of the cast of the acclaimed Netflix drama series, she received a Screen Actor’s Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.