Up-and-coming screenwriter Cat Vasko has been tapped for a studio rewrite, set to adapt Lionsgates’ LIFE AFTER LIFE. The project is an adaptation of the bestselling novel of the same name by renowned author Kate Atkinson, published via Reagan Arthur Books in 2013.
The inventive and poignant work has been described in the vein of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, following a woman who frequently dies and is reborn, seemingly immortal. As Ursula Todd continues to die and live again against the backdrop of WWII, she wonders what obligation or responsibility she has to help the world, if any.
Temple Hill Entertainment was initially producing the adaptation, though sources now report that Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman will produce under their Brownstone Productions banner. Erik Feig, Gillian Bohrer and James Myers oversee for the studio. Semi Chellas (Mad Men) and Esta Spalding (The Bridge) previously adapted the 544-page tome, though now Vasko will be stepping in for a rewrite.
Vasko appeared on both the 2014 Hit List and Black List for her lauded dramedy spec Situation Comedy, which is currently in development with Jason Reitman and Helen Estabrook’s Right of Way Films.
No stranger to adaptations, Vasko is currently adapting The Spy Who Loved for Scott Stuber and Queen of the Air For Warner Bros. and producer Andrew Lazar. In the TV space, the rising scribe has a pilot set up at Happy Madison.
Clark Allen | Associate Editor