Collette, born Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette in 1873, is best known for such work as the novella Gigi which was later adapted into the film by Vincente Minnelli which won a record-breaking nine Oscars that year. Colette lived through both World Wars and the Nazi occupation of Paris. She was also a mime, an actress, a journalist, and has since become a celebrated major French literary figure.
Number 9 Films and Killer Films are teaming up to produce with Bold Films financing and co-producing, and HanWay Films overseeing worldwide sales. Killer Films’ Pam Koffler and Christine Vachon will produce with Killer Films’ Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley, and Bold Films’ Michel Litvak. Bold’s CEO Gary Michael Walters will executive produce.
Knightley was most recently seen in last year’s Everest and the award-winning The Imitation Game opposite Benedict Cumberbatch.