'Mudbound' Director Dee Rees to Adapt Joan Didion Novel

"The Last Thing He Wanted" is about a reporter turned arms dealer.

Dee Rees

“The Last Thing He Wanted” is about a reporter turned arms dealer.

Remember the name Dee Rees. Responsible for the upcoming film Mudbound, she is a director to watch. Mudbound sold to Netflix for a massive $12.5M out of Sundance and is expected to be an Oscar player this fall. Rees has now lined up her next, sure to be just as essential project, The Last Thing He Wanted

Based on the 1996 novel by Joan Didion, the movie will follow a Washington Post reporter who quits her job at the paper and stumbles into a job as an arms dealer for covert government forces. Variety has the details that the novel was optioned last year by Mudbound producer Cassian Elwes.

Rees comments on the opportunity: “This work is one of my favorite Joan Didion novels and is a brilliant and layered piece of fiction. I am forever attracted to interesting, unexpected characters and Didion is one of the greatest masters of the form. I’m so excited to be able to interpret this literary masterpiece.”

The Last Thing He Wanted will be developed by The Fyzz Facility. The Fyzz Facility is the company behind this summer’s 47 Meters Down. They have first-look rights with Elwes. Due to the success of 47 Meters Down, Fyzz Facility has been lining up new productions, and this is certainly one of the most notable. Audiences dig shark movies, go figure.

Dee Rees is likely to be much more known after Mudbound premieres on Netflix this fall. She previously directed the 2011 film Pariah.

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