James Mangold directing Patty Hearst film

Doris Richards
December 7, 2017

Mangold's next project will be an adaptation of the life (so far) and infamy of heiress Patty Hearst (granddaughter of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst, ruthlessly satirized in Orson Welles's iconic 1941 Oscar-winner Citizen Kane) - itself taken from Jeffrey Toobin's novel "American Heiress".

Patty Hearst is a revolutionary icon - granddaughter of William Randolph Hearst and former heiress, Patty was kidnapped by the left-wing Symbionese Liberation Army in '74, becoming their prisoner for two years. Hearst's assimilation into the SLA, and transition from hostage to warrior, culminates when the kidnapped Berkeley sophomore becomes a leader of the terrorist organization, participating in armed bank robberies before eventually being arrested and forced to stand trial for her crimes. 20th Century Fox is backing the film via its Fox 2000 label, and we'll see if it all comes together. However, the Patty Hearst film is expected to be his next project.

First announced in 2015, with Jennifer Lawrence mooted as a possible star, the script was written by biopic masters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (The People vs. OJ Simpson, Ed Wood, Man on the Moon) alongside Mangold. She also had a memorable role in her second collaboration with Sofia Coppola earlier this year, The Beguiled.

Patty Hearst is one of the most controversial (and romanticised) figures of 1970s counterculture. She was found guilty for bank robbery, but saw her sentence commuted by President Jimmy Carter and was later fully pardoned by President Bill Clinton.

According to the Hearst logline, the film "traces the audacious, kaleidoscopic and psychologically twisted story of a true-life Alice in Wonderland".

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