THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH Announces Producers, Director and Lead Cast
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THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH Announces Producers, Director and Lead Cast

LOS ANGELES, September 22, 2015 – Writer/Director Kate Maberly (The Secret Garden, Finding Neverland) and Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Live Die Repeat) announced today that they will jointly produce the project “The Forest of Hands and Teeth”, written by Maberly. In addition, Maberly and Liman announced that British actress Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) has just been attached to play the lead.

Production is lining up for 2016, with Kate Maberly directing. Doug Liman’s and Dave Bartis’s Hypnotic productions will co-produce along with Kate Maberly’s and Chester Semel’s Hetherwood Productions.

“The Forest of Hands and Teeth” is adapted from the New York Times best-selling novel by Carrie Ryan.  The story is set “sometime in the future”, in a world where most of the human race has been taken by a bloodthirsty virus that leaves them roaming the planet as unconsecrated cannibals. Mary (to be played by Williams) seeks a bigger world beyond the fenced off village of survivors, and the survival of the human race seems dependent upon her success in leading a ragtag group through the dark depths of The Forest of Hands and Teeth.

Maberly, who will be featured as one of the opening night film-makers at the Hollywood Film Festival (Sept 24th) said, “I am so incredibly excited to be stepping into the ‘Forest’ and collaborating with such a brilliant creative mind as Doug’s. We can’t wait to bring Ryan’s fantastical world to life, and are absolutely thrilled to have Maisie on board.”

Liman, who just wrapped principal photography on “Mena” with Tom Cruise, commented, “At Hypnotic we pride ourselves on our track record with first time show runners, and as a film director I have enjoyed equal success working with new talent.  Working with Kate over the last year on ‘Forest’ I have seen her blossom into an extraordinary storyteller.”

Maisie Williams, who stars as Arya Stark in HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” is currently in LA in connection with the show’s nomination at the Emmys. She is repped by WME and Louise Johnston Management (London). Hypnotic produced Liman’s “Fair Game” as well as the hit TV shows “Suits” and “Covert Affairs”. Maberly is repped at A.R.G.(London) and Gilbertson Entertainment. Liman is repped by CAA.

Maberly’s “Charlie’s Supersonic Glider” will premiere at the Arclight Theatre in Hollywood, September 24th, as a “Premier Short” in the Hollywood Film Festival.


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