‘Gonzo Girl’ Adaption In The Works Starring Willem Dafoe
Rh Negative Entertainment and Catch and Release films will be adapting Cheryl Della Pietra’s Gonzo Girl as Patricia Arquette’s directorial debut, according to Deadline. Additionally, Camilla Marrone and Willem Dafoe will be joining the cast of the film as the stars. Rebecca Thomas and Jessica Caldwell will be penning the screenplay for Gonzo Girl.
Here is the synopsis of the novel/film:
The novel is set in 1992 and follows an aspiring writer Alley Russo (Morrone) has an exciting new job, as the assistant to legendary “gonzo journalist” Walker Reade (Dafoe), living in his compound/party house in Aspen. Under orders to help the famously chaotic Walker settle down to work on his long-promised latest blur of fact and fiction, Alley soon learns the truth: a lifetime of chronic substance abuse has chipped away at Walker’s writing ability until all he can produce from his drug-drenched brain are pages of word salad. Obliged to help a manic, sodden blowhard get through one relatively uncreative day after another, Alley begins to transform Walker’s rants and raves into publishable prose by running it through the filter of her own mind and her own typewriter, an act of moral support/plagiarism/treachery that keeps Walker’s career alive — for a few more months.
Arquette will also be a part of the cast as Claudia, the minder and manager of Dafoe’s character Walker Reade. Arquette has recently received a nomination as best supporting Actress in Apple Tv+’s Severance. Dafoe, aside from reprising his role as Norman Osborne in Spider-Man: No Way Home, has Dead for a Dollar, Inside and Poor Things with Mark Ruffalo and Emma Stone on the docket. Marrone can be seen soon on Daisy Jones and the Six.
Production on Gonzo Girl will begin soon in Utah. However, there is no set day for the film to release, and it’s unclear if this will be streaming or a theatrical release.
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