Drones, thanks to their politically charged controversial use, remain big in popular culture. We've already had Andrew Niccol's Good Kill and Helen Mirren making moral decisions in Eye In The Sky and now here comes Anne Hathaway targetting the discussion with Grounded.
It's born from the eponymous play Hathaway starred in last year, with the production written by George Brant and directed by Julie Taymor in New York. In it, Hathaway played a conflicted Air Force pilot who is shifted sideways into a duty roster flying an unmanned drone. She ended up earning award nominations for the role, and was so enthusiastic about Brant's script that she locked down film rights to the story before she actually agreed to star on the stage.
Now Brant is at work on the film screenplay adaptation and Hathaway will star and produce. There's no timetable for the film yet, and no director on board, though given Taymor's previous connection, she may take that job.
Hathaway is back on our screens as the White Queen in Alice Through The Looking Glass, which is out on May 27. She's also worked on indie monster movie Colossal.