Miranda July’s third film is going mainstream, with Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures and Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment producing. Her newest film, untitled at the moment, is set to begin production this May. The story follows Old Dolio after her world is turned upside-down when her criminal parents involve an outsider in their biggest heist yet.
This is July’s first project that she is writing and directing, but will not star in. July came to prominence with her 2005 feature Me and You and Everyone We Know, which won the Camera d’Or at Cannes (presented to the best first feature film at the festival) and a Special Jury Prize at Sundance.
July is also an accomplished artist and writer. Her most recent book is a novel titled The First Bad Man about a middle-aged woman suffering a crisis who suddenly changes when a young woman, named Clee, moves into her home. July’s collection of stories, No One Belongs Here More Than You, won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and has been published in 23 countries. Her writing has appeared in The Paris Review, Harper’s, and The New Yorker; her first book of non-fiction was called It Chooses You. July’s participatory art works include the website Learning to Love You More (with artist Harrell Fletcher), a sculpture garden called Eleven Heavy Things created for the 2009 Venice Biennale, a contemporary arts organization, multiple performances and a messaging app titled Somebody.
Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment most recently produced The Lost City of Z and Brad’s Status. The banner first came to prominence with the critically acclaimed and Oscar-winning film The Departed, and the Julia Roberts starrer Eat Pray Love. Plan B also produced the 2011 Cannes Palme d’Or winner The Tree of Life, won Best Picture Oscars for 12 Years a Slave and Moonlight, and produced Best Picture nominees The Big Short and Selma. The company is producing the forthcoming Beautiful Boy, Ad Astra, Barry Jenkins’ adaptation of James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk and Adam McKay’s Untitled Dick Cheney Project.
Annapurna Pictures was formed in 2011 by Ellison when she was just 25 years old. Her company focuses on creating sophisticated and high-quality content that is critically and commercially conscious, while still appealing to a diverse audience. By upholding the company’s vision to put filmmakers and artists first and preserve their authentic creative voices no matter the genre or medium, the company has collected a total of 38 Academy Award nominations, including four Best Picture nods for American Hustle, Her, Zero Dark Thirty, and Phantom Thread. Ellison became the first woman in history to receive two Best Picture nominations in the same year with American Hustle and Her. Annapurna’s forthcoming slate of releases include The Sisters Brothers, Jenkins’ aforementioned adaptation of If Beale Street Could Talk, Richard Linklater’s adaptation of Maria Semple’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette with Cate Blanchett, and McKay’s aforementioned Untitled Dick Cheney Project.