Take a lesson from Star Wars: The Force Awakens — If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Episode VII’s director, J.J. Abrams, and star Daisy Ridley will likely be collaborating once again in the upcoming film Kolma, currently being developed by Paramount. This time, Abrams won’t be directing, but rather producing through his Bad Robot banner. Ridley, however, is in talks to star according to THR, with Diary of a Teenage Girl’s Marielle Heller in talks to direct.
As you can see, things are still in very preliminary stages, but they are certainly shaping up in interesting ways. Kolma is based on a Israeli TV movie called All I’ve Got (“Kol Ma She’Yesh Li”), which tells the story of a young women involved in a car accident that kills her boyfriend. At the end of her life, she’s given the opportunity to go back and relive that one day before tragedy strikes and be with her lost love again (who has been waiting for her on the other side), but in doing so, would lose the memories of her later life with her husband and children. So essentially, Titanic where Rose can decide to go back and be with Jack who survives, forgetting about her “first life” in the process. I would watch that movie, and I will probably watch this one!
Abrams has been producing content in just about every kind of film and TV genre lately, so while in some ways this feels like a much quieter and more emotionally intense movie than some of the massive-scale blockbusters he’s been involved with, it’s thematically similar to his time-travel-themed projects like 11.22.63 (his Hulu series starring James Franco) and others.
As for Ridley, it’s not surprising — given her breakout performance in The Force Awakens — that she’s being sought out for more high-profile projects, and I’m sure she’s going to very quickly become a familiar face to film goers (outside of Star Wars, that is). And, in potentially joining Heller (who had her own breakout directorial moment with Diary of a Teenage Girl), the project sounds like it might be something that ends up being really great. High hopes, anyway!
We’ll keep you updated as the cast and production side of things settle in for Kolma. In the meantime, Abrams is producing Star Trek Beyond, the Showtime series Roadies, Mission Impossible 6, HBO’s Westworld and … a ton more, while Ridley is busy filming Star Wars: Episode VIII.