HUMANITAS Prize winner Wash Westmoreland To Helm ‘The Earthquake Bird’ For Amazon Studios

Amazon Studios and Scott Free have teamed up to turn the Susanna Jones novel The Earthquake Bird into a feature with Wash Westmoreland adapting and directing. With the late Richard Glatzer, Westmoreland wrote and directed Still Alice, which won Julianne Moore the Oscar, and them the 2016 HUMANITAS Prize in the feature category. This book is a female-driven noir thriller that tells the story of two women who fall in love with the same man, and the dangerous consequences that ensue. This is set against the backdrop of early 90s Tokyo. Amazon Studios will fully finance and distribute, and Scott Free’s Michael Schaefer and Michael Pruss will produce alongside Ann Ruark and Twenty First City’s Georgina Pope. Ridley Scott will be exec producer.

Westmoreland seems a strong match for the material: he spent a year studying in Japan around the time the book is set there. He previously co-wrote and co-directed the Sundance winner Quincenera, which also won a HUMANITAS Prize in the feature category.

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