Wilde, who gained critical acclaim for her feature length directorial debut with the comedy last summer, directs Qualley in a short film set to premiere in Park City, Utah parallel to the run of the Sundance Film Festival.
Olivia Wilde Signs With CAA
DEADLINE – EXCLUSIVE: Actress, filmmaker and social activist Olivia Wilde has inked with CAA in all areas.
Wilde was previously with WME. She is currently in post-production on her directorial feature debut Booksmart a coming of age comedy for Annapurna Pictures which stars Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Jason Sudeikis, Will Forte, Billie Lourd and Lisa Kudrow.
As an actress, Wilde has worked with some of the most prolific directors in Hollywood from Scorsese, to Ron Howard, to Reed Morano, to Spike Jonze, starring in projects such as the HBO series Vinyl, Universal’s Rush, and Meadowland (which she also produced) and Warner Bros.’ Her. Led by Tron Legacy, Wilde’s film credits have amassed over $1.2 billion at the global box office.
Wilde has executive-produced several socially conscious short documentaries, including the Oscar-nominated Body Team 12. Her other credits in the documentary world include Baseball in the Time of Cholera, Sun City Picture House and Fear Us Women.
On the directing side, she has directed a music video for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, another for The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and “Free Hugs”, an emotional yet comedic short for Glamour Magazine.
Wilde co-founded the philanthropic company Conscious Commerce, with the mission to create a guide for conscious living by promoting the causes, brands, people and lifestyles that are forging a new paragon of living.
Currently, Wilde is the Chief Brand Activist of the first MADE SAFE nontoxic skin care company, True Botanicals. She was previously an ambassador for Revlon along with Emma Stone and Halle Berry.
In the past she has been honored by Save The Children with their Advocate Award in recognition of her galvanizing support for frontline health care workers through the 1 Million Community Health Workers Campaign to help save lives of thousands of mothers and babies. Additionally, the organization named Wilde as an artist ambassador focusing on maternal, newborn and child survival. She is also an acting board member of Artists For Peace and Justice.
She continues to be managed by Untitled Entertainment and repped by PMK-BNC and Ziffren Brittenham LLP.
PEOPLE – When it comes to raising her young children — Daisy Josephine, 18 months, and Otis Alexander, 4 on Friday — with Jason Sudeikis, mother of two Olivia Wilde says she’s not forcing them into anything.
The Booksmart director and Chief Brand Activist for True Botanicals tells PEOPLE for this year’s The Beautiful Issue that she finds it intriguing how kids have no judgment over gender-specific activities or colors, and wants to keep it that way for as long as she can.
“[Otis] loves Moana, obviously, and when he thinks about Moana, he thinks of himself as Moana,” says Wilde. “I love hearing him sing … it’s the best when you can watch them singing in the backseat of your car, and he’s just like, ‘I wish I could be the perfect daughter!’ And he’s just belting it out.”
She continues, “That’s so great because at a certain age he’s going to be like, ‘Well, I can’t, that’s … ‘ you know, and he still doesn’t judge things like pink, or dance or gymnastics. These aren’t things that are gender-specific yet.”
“I don’t know why at a certain point we tell them that’s for boys and that’s for girls, but I’m going to do my best to not force that delineation,” the actress declares.
Amazon Wins $10 Million U.S. Rights Auction For ‘This Is Us’ Creator Dan Fogelman Film ‘Life Itself’
DEADLINE – EXCLUSIVE: In one of the year’s biggest acquisition deals, Amazon Studios has made a $10 million-plus deal for U.S. rights to Life, Itself, a drama directed and written by This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman. The completed film is a multi-generational love story, weaving together a number of characters whose lives intersect over the course of decades from the streets of New York to the Spanish countryside and back. Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Antonio Banderas, Annette Bening, Olivia Cooke, Laia Costa, Mandy Patinkin, Sergio Peris-Mencheta and Alex Monner star. Pic’s produced by Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey, FilmNation Entertainment’s Aaron Ryder, and Fogelman.
Amazon won the project over Paramount and Universal, and it was a big one for Amazon under Jason Ropell’s leadership. This project has been on the radar of distributors since the script topped the Black List before it began production, and again when FilmNation presented the package at Berlin at a time when This Is Us had established itself as the biggest breakout hit network series in years. But the auction — which came down to Paramount, Amazon Studios and Universal in the end — really commenced after distributors heard about a couple of “friends and family” screenings of the finished film. Studios — which had already read the script — began making sight-unseen proposals, and three finalists emerged and were then shown the finished film. The bidders made marketing presentations and how they would release the film in the Oscar corridor next year. This process had been going on for the past 10 days.
The film will likely be unveiled next fall in a prestige festival like Toronto or Telluride, and it will broaden from there. Fogelman, who wrote the animated films Cars, Tangled and Bolt and then moved into live action with scripts Stupid, Crazy, Love, The Guilt Trip and Last Vegas, made his directorial debut on a small film, the Al Pacino-starrer Danny Collins. Life Itself, one-third of which takes place in Spain with Spanish-language dialogue and subtitles, fuses the complex emotional resonance of This Is Us in a feature format that puts Fogelman in a position to mine turf of James L. Brooks. The film liberally uses the music of Bob Dylan, specifically from his album Time Out Of Mind.
This is the third major film that FilmNation fully financed, which became a huge sale, after Arrival and The Big Sick.
Endeavor Content brokered the U.S. deal with FilmNation, latter of which is the international sales agent. Fogelman is repped by WME, Management 360 and attorney Bruce Gellman of Hansen Jacobson.
Olivia has signed with True Botanicals as its chief brand activist!
“It’s up to us in this country to regulate what we’re using, because we cannot trust the government to regulate them in a safe way,” said the former Revlon ambassador.
Wilde has signed with True Botanicals as its chief brand activist, WWD has learned. She is the Mill Valley, Calif.-based brand’s first official celebrity endorsement, and the first prominent celebrity signing of a natural skin-care line in the beauty industry. The chief brand activist role — which Wilde and the business partners running the direct-sell luxury skin-care line are quick to say is more like that of a salaried employee in lieu of a traditional ambassadorship — was created specifically for her.
“She’s the spark,”said Christina Mace-Turner, chief executive officer of True Botanicals. “We’re part of a growing number of businesses thinking about sustainable practices and changing the norms in our industry. Olivia completely got what we were doing and it felt like a very natural partnership.”
For Wilde, the role is a far cry from her contract with Revlon, where she was signed as a face from 2011 to the end of last year. The move from representing mass brand to niche natural is just the latest sign of the continuing shift in the consumer drive toward wellness-oriented, better-for-you products. But even True Botanicals isn’t so niche anymore — in March, Unilever Ventures acquired a minority stake in the company as part of a $3 million round of seed funding.
“Everyone is a part of it for the right reasons,” said Wilde. “It’s a very different experience than working for Revlon, which is a massive global brand and has a legacy, [unlike] something new and trying to change the game like True Botanicals.”
Wilde is planning on playing an active role in promoting the brand via her social media channels, as well as working on projects with the True Botanicals team.
Of her new title, “We sort of made it up,” said Wilde. “I’m thrilled to be part of the company as an advocate and help spread the word about the important mission they’re on, whether it’s talking to consumers and vouching for it personally, testifying before congress, learning about the research behind the need for these [nontoxic] products, learning about clinical trials, [or becoming involved in the actual [product development]. I’m really eager to learn more about what consumers are looking for.”