Good Universe has confirmed international rights to The Personal History of Rachel Dupree, starring Viola Davis! The production company will launch sales on the project to buyers at the Cannes Film Festival next week. QC Entertainment which is producing the title with Davis’ JuVee Productions, will co-represent North American rights with CAA.

Claire McCarthy (The Turning) writes and directs the film, based on the novel by Ann Weisgarber. Davis and her producing partner Julius Tennon optioned the book through their Los Angeles-based JuVee Productions in 2011, and developed the script with McCarthy.

The film follows the passionately-in-love Rachel (Davis) and Isaac DuPree as they head for the Dakota Badlands, chasing their dream of a home for themselves. After years of sacrifice, Rachel finds herself looking back on her dreams as a young woman. As a series of misfortunes befall the family, Rachel loses control of her destiny and she must decide whether to follow the only man she ever loved or to strike a new path of her own.

Davis will produce with Tennon and QC Entertainment’s Shaun Redick and Sean McKittrick with Raymond Mansfield, Edward H. Hamm Jr., Brian Rosen, Su Armstrong and Kaylon Hunt will serve as exec producers.

JuVee, currently in an overall TV deal with ABC Studios, is continuing to to expand its worldwide presence. Davis is repped by CAA.

Congrats to Viola Davis! We’re looking forward to seeing this new project!



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