Mudbound’s Dee Rees teams up with Netflix for Joan Didion adaptation

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Dee Rees, the filmmaker behind Netflix’s Mudbound, is set to direct an adaptation of Joan Didion’s novel, The Last Thing He Wanted

The coming together of these three women – Anne Hathaway, Dee Rees and Joan Didion – is the news we all wanted to hear in 2018.

As it has been confirmed that Mudbound director and screenwriter, Dee Rees is teaming up with Netflix to direct The Last Thing He Wanted, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The film, which is an adaptation of American writer Joan Didion’s fictional novel of the same title, will see Anne Hathaway take on the lead role. 

And, thankfully, the movie will stay true to Didion’s work of fiction by centring around the story of Elena, played by Hathaway, a struggling journalist “who inherits her father’s position as a dealmaker — an arms dealmaker.” Published in 1996, but set in 1984, Elena soon finds herself in “dangerous ground as the Iran-Contra Affair’s arms-for-drugs plot reaches its tipping point.”

Didion pictured in 1972 at her home in California 

Fresh from her recent Oscar nomination for Mudbound, Rees co-wrote the script with Marco Villalobos. She is also producing along with Cassian Elwes. Jamin O’Brien, Wayne Godfrey and Robert Jones.

“Dee Rees is an incredibly talented filmmaker who continues to make provocative and entertaining films,” said Netflix film group head Scott Stuber. “We are thrilled to continue our relationship with Dee and proud to have her part of the Netflix family.”

Not only is it great that these three women are coming together to produce something brilliant for the screen, but they’re showcasing the writing of a well-celebrated author whose body of work still resonates with women today, and will do so for generations to come. 

A release date for the film has not yet been mentioned, but we’re sure this will top many a must-see list.

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