Apple Original Films is in talks to pick up a package for the dramatic thriller The Lost Bus that has star Matthew McConaughey and director Paul Greengrass circling.
Brad Ingelsby (Mare of Easttown) wrote the script for The Lost Bus based on Lizzie Johnson’s 2021 fact-based book Paradise: One Town’s Struggle to Survive an American Wildfire that takes place amid California’s Camp Fire in 2018, which became the deadliest blaze in the state’s history. The film’s story follows bus driver Kevin McKay and teacher Mary Ludwig, who heroically helped lead a school bus full of students through the wildfire that devastated the town of Paradise.
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The Lost Bus hails from Jamie Lee Curtis’ Comet Pictures and Jason Blum’s Blumhouse. Producers include Ingelsby and Greg Goodman, while Johnson and Amy Lord serve as executive producers.
The movie kicked off after Curtis heard Johnson on NPR and took the project to Blumhouse, where the Oscar winner has a first-look deal.
The Lost Bus marks the latest collaboration for McConaughey and Apple TV+ following the news last year that he and Woody Harrelson are set to star in a comedy series from creator David West Read for the platform.
McConaughey’s recent credits include the 2019 Guy Ritchie feature The Gentlemen and voice roles in 2021 sequel Sing 2 and last year’s Netflix animated series Agent Elvis. Greengrass is known for his work directing Matt Damon in a number of Jason Bourne films and most recently helmed the 2020 Tom Hanks vehicle News of the World.
McConaughey is represented by William Morris and Kevin Yorn, with David Krinzman handling the legal side.
Inglesby won an Emmy for creating the HBO series Mare of Easttown and has penned such films as The Way Back. He also wrote the script for the Apple Original Films feature Echo Valley that will be directed by Michael Pearce and star Julianne Moore, Sydney Sweeney and Domhnall Gleeson.
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