Liz Hannah will make her directorial debut with an adaptation of Alexandra Andrews’ forthcoming debut novel, “Under Another Name.” Hannah is known for having co-produced and penned the script for Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-nominated feature, “The Post.”
Universal Pictures bought the development rights for Andrews’ debut novel when the studio optioned the title in December of last year for Chris Morgan Productions and Pascal Pictures. Hannah, who currently sits as an executive producer for an upcoming Hulu project, is now attached to steer the film in her anticipated directorial debut. Hannah first put out her short film “Skin” in 2014 and followed that with a writing credit for an episode of “Guidance.” Her big moment came in 2014 when her spec script on the Washington Post’s publishing of the Pentagon Papers struck the screenwriter with her biggest gig yet.
According to Deadline, Hannah will continue her partnership with Amy Pascal and Pascal Pictures to develop the film, with the novel’s publication set for March 2021. Deadline describes the project as “a timely psychological thriller about ambition.”
“Collaborating with Amy on The Post was a life-changing experience,” Hannah said. “And I couldn’t imagine my directorial debut being with any other producer. I’m honored to bring Alexandra’s unforgettable novel to the screen, and I can’t wait to kick off this next chapter with Amy and Rachel, Chris and Ainsley, and the team at Universal.”
Hannah worked as a producer and writer for the second season of the Netflix series, “Mindhunter,” as well as writer on the streaming platform’s recent feature film release, “All The Bright Places,” starring Elle Fanning and Justice Smith. Hannah also co-wrote 2019’s romantic comedy, “Long Shot,” starring Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron.
“The Post” landed Hannah a Golden Globe nomination for Best Screenplay, as well as a nomination for Best Woman Screenwriter from the Alliance of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ). She shares a Writers Guild of America win with Josh Singer, himself an Academy Award-winning writer for “Spotlight,” for the Paul Selvin Honorary Award for their work on “The Post.” Her writing on “Mindhunter” was also recognized this year with a WGA nomination. Hannah is currently an executive producer on Hulu’s “The Drop Out,” an upcoming limited series starring Kate McKinnon.