Few names are more synonymous with the Roaring ’20s than that of author F. Scott Fitzgerald, known for his four novels: This Side of Paradise, Tender Is the Night, The Beautiful and Damned, and his most famous, The Great Gatsby. His tumultuous marriage to Zelda Sayre is also well-known in literary circles and now receiving the biopic treatment in SCOTT AND ZELDA: A TALE FROM THE JAZZ AGE, with Zero Gravity Management and Next Wednesday Productions producing.
With a script written by Quinn Saunders, this telling follows Scott and Zelda’s dramatic, romantic, and lavish relationship through their times in New York, Paris, and ultimately Hollywood in the 1930s before each of their untimely deaths. The two first met in 1918 and they were married two years late. Their marriage went through many trying times, including Scott’s close friend Ernest Hemingway famously dislike of Zelda, and Scott’s drinking habits and Zelda’s increasing dramatic behaviour as she tried to establish herself as an artist outside of her husband. In 1930, she was diagnosed with schizophrenia and the remainder of their lives together proved a rocky relationship.
Jeff Belkin of Zero Gravity and Damon Lane and Mary Jane Skalski of Next Wednesday are set to produce the film. We are hearing that they are currently packaging the film, with development and casting to get underway.
This is not the only film about the two’s doomed romance that has been in the works in Hollywood. In April, we reported Scarlett Johansson was attached to star as Zelda in The Beautiful and The Damned from Millennium Films.
Previously, Zero Gravity produced the 2015 films Julia and Walter and they have the Ben Affleck and Anna Kendrick-led film The Accountant set for release later this year.
Next Wednesday has produced the films Win Win and The Cobbler in the past, and currently have another biopic in the works about novelist Mary Shelley.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor