Brett Haley is directing Auli’i Cravalho in a new original movie at Netflix called “Sorta Like a Rock Star.” Haley most recently directed the musical comedy “Hearts Beat Loud” with Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons, which quickly became a crowd favorite. The director is currently in post-production on “All The Bright Places” starring Elle Fanning and Justice Smith. “Hearts Beat Loud” also features Ted Danson, Sasha Lane, Blythe Danner, and Toni Collette.
The new movie is based on the internationally bestselling novel by Jennifer Niven, and the feature will be released by Netflix in 2020. Netflix confirmed that Jonathan Montepare is serving as executive producer, with Auli’i Cravalho set to star. Fans probably know Cravalho best from her role as the voice of “Moana” in Disney’s Academy Award nominated and Grammy Award winning animated feature. She can most recently be seen in NBC’s drama series “Rise.”
The official logline for the project reads, “Sorta Like a Rock Star follows a teenage girl who, despite her difficult circumstances, is preternaturally optimistic about the world and her place in it. She often helps those around her, resulting in powerful bonds with a disparate group of outsiders in her community, until she faces a devastating loss and can no longer ignore the challenges in her own life.”
The video-streaming service confirmed that principal photography is set to begin this October.
Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Lee Stollman serve as producers on the project, with Temple HIll Entertainment’s Marty Bowen and Isaac Klausner. The Gotham Group and Temple Hill last collaborated on “The Maze Runner” films for Fox. This isn’t the first time that The Gotham Group collaborated with Netflix, the group brought “Kodachrome” to the video streaming service. They are also currently in production on Henry Selick’s “Wendell & Wild” for Netflix.
Brett also wrote and directed “The Hero” which premiered at Sundance in competition last year. The film came to theaters on June 9th and stars Academy Award Nominee Sam Elliott who gives a tour de force performance. Previously he wrote and directed I’ll See You In My Dreams starring Blythe Danner that premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. He has recently broken into the TV space, directing an episode for the upcoming Hulu limited series “Looking For Alaska,” based on the award winning novel of the same name. The series was developed and created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, and is being produced by Paramount TV, Fake Empire, and Temple Hill.
As we mentioned earlier, he is currently in post on his next film, All The Bright Places for Netflix, which stars Elle Fanning. Up next, he will direct Sorta Like a Rock Star, which is set up at Netflix with The Gotham Group and Temple Hill producing.