THE WRAP – “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” breakout Daisy Ridley and producer J.J. Abrams are planning to reteam on “Kolma,” a fantasy thriller that “Diary of a Teenage Girl” filmmaker Marielle Heller is in negotiations to direct for Paramount, TheWrap has exclusively learned.

“Kolma” is based on Karen Margalit’s 2003 Israeli movie of the week titled “All I’ve Got.” Described as a cross between a loftier, more mystical version of “The Notebook” and Albert Brooks‘ 1991 fantasy romance “Defending Your Life,” the project follows a young couple who get in a car accident that leaves the man dead. 50 years later, the old woman is about to cross over and make the choice whether to reunite with her long-lost love in the hereafter or return to the fateful day her life changed forever.

The original “All I’ve Got” is described on IMDb thusly: “A 72-year-old grandmother dies and finds herself on a ferry, which will take her across the river to the hereafter. On the ferryboat she meets her first love, who was killed in a road accident in which they were both involved when they were young. She is presented with a fateful choice: to start life afresh as a 22-year-old – her age at the time of the accident – and to relinquish all her memories of the life she has lived with her husband and children; or to remain a 72-year-old woman with all her life’s memories intact. If she chooses the second alternative she will get off the boat when it reaches its destination and will never be truly reunited with her beloved, who has been waiting for her on the ferryboat for 50 long years.”

Abrams and his Bad Robot partner Bryan Burk are expected to produce “Kolma,” the most recent draft of which was written by Megan Holley. Other scribes who previously worked on the project include Rolin Jones, Karen Moncrieff and Sarah Polley.

The budget is expected to be between $60 million and $70 million — enough to allow for impressive visual effects while keeping the scale of the modest. Ridley hasn’t carried a film outside of the “Star Wars” franchise yet, but the mid-range budget means she won’t be pressured to launch a tentpole. Abrams’ name certainly helps, as it did with Paramount’s TK opening weekend for “10 Cloverfield Lane.”

Every studio in town has courted Ridley for high-profile roles, but it makes sense that Abrams would get first-crack at the in-demand actress, considering he helped launch her to stardom with the role of Rey in “The Force Awakens.”

Paramount executive Elizabeth Raposo will oversee the project on behalf of the studio, while Lindsey Weber will oversee on behalf of Bad Robot.

Ridley is currently filming “Star Wars: Episode VIII” under the direction of Rian Johnson, and she’s expected to return for Colin Trevorrow‘s “Episode IX.” The 24-year-old actress has been heavily rumored to star in MGM’s “Tomb Raider” reboot, which will be distributed by Warner Bros. In January, she also signed on to executive produce the well-reviewed Sundance documentary “The Eagle Huntress,” which will be released by Sony Pictures Classics.


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