The sequel to Top of the Lake will be set and shot in Sydney.
Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss returns as Detective Robin Griffin, who investigates a criminal case in the Harbour City.
Jane Campion and Gerard Lee, who created the original 6-part series, are writing the scripts for Top of the Lake 2.
BBC2 commissioned a sequel after the first series, which followed Griffin as she investigated the disappearance of a pregnant 12-year-old girl in New Zealand, was nominated for eight Emmys and won the gong for best cinematography for a TV movie or miniseries.
See-Saw Films is producing and pre-production is due to start in December. Campion will direct along with another director who is yet to be confirmed.
Top of the Lake was co-directed by Garth Davis, who is in post on Lion, the true-life drama about an Indian-born man who set out to find his birth parents, starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara and David Wenham, produced by See-Saw and Sunstar Entertainment.
See-Saw’s Emile Sherman tells IF, “We are thrilled to be working with Jane again. She is at the top of her game. She and Gerard have created this world from the ground up.”
The first series screened here on UKTV after the ABC declined to invest in the production because it believed an Australian should play the lead.
BBC First would seem to be the natural home of the sequel but Sherman says the Australian broadcast deal is yet to be finalised.
Director Michael Mayer is finally getting underway with his movie adaptation of Chekhov’s The Seagull. The Tony-winning director of Spring Awakening, American Idiot and Hedwig And The Angry Inch is at work in York with Annette Bening, Saoirse Ronan, Corey Stoll, Elisabeth Moss, Brian Dennehy and Mare Winningham heading the cast and Jon Tenney, Glen Fleshler, Michael Zegen, and newcomer Billy Howle rounding it out. Lot of stage talent here, including Stephen Karam, who wrote the script and who was recently shortlisted for the Pulitzer for his play Sons Of The Prophet.
Congrats to Elisabeth, nominated for best actress for Mad Men.
Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
“This is truly the most amazing surprise! I am so lucky to have been a part of Mad Men and to have played such a wonderful character like Peggy. Being recognized like this when there are so many other ridiculously talented women on TV right now is incredibly humbling. I am ecstatic for the rest of my Mad Men family who also got recognized and can’t wait to celebrate with them in September!”
IFC Films will release Elisabeth Moss’ psychological thriller “Queen of Earth” starting Aug. 26 in New York, followed by a national rollout.
“Queen of Earth,” which premiered in February at the Berlin Film Festival, centers on Moss’ character dealing with the death of her father and being dumped by her boyfriend while attempting to relax at the lake house of her best friend, played by Katherine Waterston. Relaxation proves impossible to find as fissures in the relationship between the two women begin to appear and Moss’s character suffers a breakdown.
Alex Ross Perry directed and produced with Joe Swanberg and Adam Piotrowicz. Patrick Fugit also stars.
Cinedigm has acquired all North American distribution rights to Olivia Wilde’s psychological drama “Meadowland” and set an awards season theatrical release in October.
The film, which debuted at Tribeca in April, also stars Luke Wilson, Elisabeth Moss, Giovanni Ribisi, Ty Simpkins and John Leguizamo. Wilde and Wilson play a couple dealing with their son’s disappearance with Wilson portraying a New York City policeman.
“Meadowland” marks the directorial debut of cinematographer Reed Morano, who helmed from a script by Chris Rossi. Wilde serves as a producer, as she has in several of her previous projects including “Drinking Buddies,” “Sun City Picture House” and “Body Team 12.”
The producing team includes Aaron L. Gilbert of Bron Studios, along with Margot Hand and Matt Tauber. Jennifer Levine, Jason Cloth of CW Media Finance, Alex Garcia, Santiago Garcia Galvan, Marla Rand, Scott Paterson and Lauren Selig are the executive producers.
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Today, she’s been running around New York like a mad thing, taking meetings: the life of an actress – some twenty-five years into her career – who no longer needs to audition. She’s in high spirits, assured, confident. “Obviously I’m very sad that the show is ending, but at the same time, there is this massive silver lining to it,” she says. Namely, the golden handcuffs of a seven-season show are off, with Moss’s schedule finally her own. “It’s very liberating to be able to have the freedom, where I can go, ‘Oh, yeah, I want to work with this filmmaker. Let’s collaborate on something.’”
Chief among them is her work with Alex Ross Perry, a striking new voice in cinema whose third film Listen Up Philip is released in the UK next week. The film stars Jason Schwartzman as an arrogant New York writer about to publish his second novel. Moss plays his long-suffering girlfriend, aspiring photographer Ashley, who becomes increasingly exasperated by Philip’s behaviour. “I thought it was funny, brave and cool,” says Moss of a deliciously scripted film that feels like a distant cousin to mid-period Woody Allen or early Wes Anderson.
New photos up in the Enchanting Elisabeth Moss Gallery from the Film Independent Special Screening Of “Mad Men” last night.
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