Drew Goddard To Write, Maybe Direct Movie Based On ‘Sabrina’ Graphic Novel

As the 24-hour news cycle and social media take hold of the story, the two men are targeted by vitriolic conspiracy theorists that threaten their sense of the truth and their faith in each other. After a grisly videotape is anonymously sent to news outlets, Sabrina’s disappearance goes viral. Sabrina, published in 2018, centers on a man who, after his girlfriend Sabrina goes missing, moves in with his old friend — an Air Force surveillance expert agent who is dealing with a failed marriage.
New Regency and RT Features are teaming to produce Sabrina, a feature film adaptation of Nick Drnaso’s Drawn & Quarterly graphic novel that became the first in its genre to make the long list for the Man Booker Prize. The producers have tapped Oscar-nominated The Martian scribe Drew Goddard, who most recently wrote, directed and produced Bad Times at the El Royale, to write the screenplay with an eye to direct.
That project remains in limbo. He previously was tapped by Fox in 2017 to write and direct X-Force, the X-Men universe pic that revolves around Deadpool and Cable.
Goddard directed the pilot and serves as an executive producer of the NBC comedy series The Good Place, and he co-created The Defenders and created Daredevil and was an executive producer on both. Additional credits include Cloverfield, The Cabin in the Woods, World War Z, Alias and Lost.
New Regency will finance. Goddard will also produce alongside RT Features' Rodrigo Teixeira and New Regency’s Arnon Milchan.
New Regency is also coming off the success of Bohemian Rhapsody which won four Oscars. RT Features and New Regency previously partnered on James Gray’s Ad Astra starring Brad Pitt and Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe for A24.
Goddard and Drnaso are both represented by UTA.” />

‘At Eternity’s Gate’ Paints Solid Start; ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me’ Crosses $5M: Specialty Box Office

RETURNING/SECOND WEEKEND
El Angel (The Orchard) Week 2 [11 Theaters] Weekend $20,848, Average $1,895, Cume $52,871
Mid90s (A24) Week 5 [84 Theaters] Weekend $125,000, Average $1,488, Cume $7,159,255
(Fox Searchlight) Week 5 [555 Theaters] Weekend $880,000, Average $1,586, Cume $5,058,185 Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Free Solo (National Geographic Documentary Film/Greenwich Entertainment) Week 8 [187 Theaters] Weekend $491,825, Average $2,630, Cume $8,960,308
For its second frame, The Orchard added nine theaters for Argentina’s El Angel, grossing $20,848 in 11 locations ($1,895 PTA). China Lion added five runs for Last Letter in its second outing, taking in $37K in 23 theaters ($1,608 average) Friday to Sunday.
And Bleecker Street’s Colette starring Keira Knightley topped $5M ahead of the weekend. The period bio-drama grossed $51,522 in the three-day, averaging $599.
Green Book (Universal) NEW [25 Theaters] Weekend $313,000, Average $12,520
Schnabel’s last release, drama Miral, grossed $66,244 in its opening frame in four locations, averaging $16,561 en route to a cume of over $373K. Loving Vincent opened with an exclusive weekend run in late September last year, grossing $23,180. It went on to cume over $6.7M. The result places At Eternity’s Gate on par with an animated Van Gogh release from last year. His 2007 title The Diving Bell and the Butterfly from Miramax took in $75,721 in three theaters in its opening weekend, averaging $25,240 with an ultimate theatrical of just over $6M.
Beautiful Boy (Amazon Studios) Week 6 [558 Theaters] Weekend $587,016, Average $1,052, Cume $6,406,018
A Cool Fish (China Lion) NEW [15 Theaters] Weekend $65,000, Average $4,333
What They Had (Bleecker Street) Week 5 [24 Theaters] Weekend $10,326, Average $430, Cume $254,061
China Lion’s Last Letter played an additional five locations in its second outing for $37K in the three-day estimate, averaging $1,608. It has cumed $155,025. The Chinese drama opened to $80,485 the prior weekend, averaging $4,471.
Colette (Bleecker Street) Week 9 [86 Theaters] Weekend $51,522, Average $599, Cume $5,089,387
Over the weekend, CBS Films’ At Eternity’s Gate led the pack of limited release newcomers. The Julian Schnabel-directed title from CBS Films, starring Willem Dafoe, grossed $92K from four locations, averaging $23K, the weekend’s highest per theater average.
Tea With The Dames (Sundance Selects) Week 9 [24 Theater] Weekend $18,721, Average $780, Cume $811,154
Shoah: Four Sisters (Cohen Media Group) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $897
Burning (Well Go USA) Week 4 [25 Theaters] Weekend $65,000, Average $2,600, Cume $300,954
The Great Buster: A Celebration (Cohen Media Group) Week 7 [5 Theaters] Weekend $1,271, Average $254, Cume $81,975
The Agustin and Pedro Almodovar-produced crime-thriller grossed $23,348 in two theaters in its debut, averaging $11,674. El Angel has cumed $52,871. Argentina’s entry for Best Foreign Language Oscar consideration, El Angel, went to 11 theaters in its second weekend, grossing $20,848 for a $1,895 per-theater average.
The distributor said the film is “showing amazing legs as it closes in on the $10M mark.” The PTA is down only 10% from the previous weekend’s $2,846 from a nearly $757K gross in 266 locations. The title grossed $491,825 Friday to Sunday, averaging $2,630. Documentary Free Solo from National Geographic Documentary Film by Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi is closing in on $9M.
In 25 theaters, Burning grossed $65K for a $2,600 average. at the Key West Film Festival (next week’s roll out, Shoplifters, won the Critics Prize). Well Go USA said Sunday that Burning will “continue to expand as it heads into awards season, with upcoming engagements in Chicago, Houston, Denver, Miami, Seattle, Madison and more still to come in the next few weeks.” That’s just an 8% drop from its $2,837 PTA last weekend, though the title played 27 theaters ($76,608 gross).
Universal release Green Book with Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali appeared in 25 theaters Friday to a timid showing. Among other openers, China Lion bowed A Cool Fish with 15 runs for $65K ($4,333 average), while Cohen Media Group historical doc Shoah: Four Sisters by the late French filmmaker Claude Lanzmann had a single location, grossing $897. The title grossed $313K, averaging $12,520.
HOLDOVERS / THIRD+ WEEKENDS
Noted CBS Films EVP Theatrical Distribution Steven Friedlander Sunday: “This opening perfectly sets up what we hope will be a long march to Oscar weekend for At Eternity’s Gate. In the weeks ahead, we look forward to moviegoers across the country joining audiences in New York and Los Angeles in awe of Willem Dafoe’s performance as Vincent Van Gogh.”
Border (Neon) Week 4 [30 Theaters] Weekend $55,001, Average $1,833, Cume $337,261
Well Go USA drama-mystery Burning by Korean filmmaker Lee Chang-dong won the Best Foreign Language prize last night
The Old Man & The Gun (Fox Searchlight) Week 8 [171 Theaters] Weekend $160,000, Average $936, Cume $10,610,793
The feature grossed $48,196 in 16 theaters last weekend, averaging $3,012. Neon added 14 runs for Border, marking its first full month in theaters, grossing $55K in 30 locations ($1,833 average). Border has cumed $337,261.
last year’s somewhat more turbo-charged specialty field, coming from the likes of Lady Bird, Call Me By Your Name and others. So far, this November is comparatively slower vs.
“As a movie, it’s not just a civics lesson or a historical movie. I think people will want to see this again.” There are a lot of movies that come out that are successful at the box office or critically well-received, but [audiences may] not want to see them again.
Directed by Peter Farrelly, the feature came in with $313K for a $12,520 per- theater average. Green Book, starring Oscar-nominee Viggo Mortensen and Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali, went slower with its limited opening frame in 25 theaters via Universal. Last week, during a pre-release screening of the film at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York, Mortensen said he believes the film will be a tried-and-true title that audiences will want to revisit. The film can still find momentum with word-of-mouth as it settles in theatrically.
Maria By Callas (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 3 [29 Theaters] Weekend $110,507, Average $3,811, Cume $484,009
NEW RELEASES
Searchlight’s Can You Ever Forgive Me? Over the weekend, the title grossed $880K in 555 theaters, averaging $1,586. The company noted Sunday that the film, directed by Marielle Heller and starring Melissa McCarthy, is now “at its widest point in release,” but it will “continue to seek out new bookings in theaters across North America over the next several weeks.” crossed $5M over the weekend.
Suspiria (Amazon Studios) Week 4 [53 Theaters] Weekend $93,950, Average $1,773, Cume $2,234,330
Boy Erased (Focus Features) Week 3 [409 Theaters] Weekend $1,280,000, Average $3,134, Cume $2,632,000
Boy Erased has cumed $2,632,000. The Joel Edgerton Telluride and Toronto debut took in $1.28M in 409 theaters, averaging $3,134. Last weekend, the title grossed over $758K in 77 locations, averaging $9,846. Focus Features’ Boy Erased starring Lucas Hedges is showing momentum following a sizable expansion Friday.
At Eternity’s Gate (CBS Films) NEW [4 Theaters] Weekend $92,000, Average $23,000
Last Letter (China Lion) Week 2 [23 Theaters] Weekend $37,000, Average $1,608, Cume $155,025
Bodied (Neon) Week 3 [3 Theaters] Weekend $1,277, Average $426, Cume $112,734
And Bleecker Street’s Colette went over $5M this past week. to its widest point at 555 locations, crossing $5M from a weekend take of $880K. National Geographic Documentary Film doc Free Solo is closing in on $9M, grossing $491,825 is 187 theaters in its 8th weekend. Focus Features jumped Boy Erased by Joel Edgerton to 409 theaters, grossing $1.28M ($3,134 average) and Fox Searchlight brought Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Wildlife (IFC Films) Week 5 [98 Theaters] Weekend $65,612, Average $670, Cume $728,585
 
CBS Films will add additional markets slowly through this month and into December.
The Wife (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 14 [25 Theaters] Weekend $18,103, Average $724, Cume $7,773,121″ />
locations Friday.   Venice and New York Film Festival debut At Eternity’s Gate starring Willem Dafoe as post-impressionist artist Vincent Van Gogh opened in four New York and L.A.