LOS ANGELES, CA – March XX, 2023 – Today Paperclip Ltd and Winterlight Pictures announce new feature “Biter,” a dark comedy about a young woman who fantasizes about biting one of her co-workers, based on the short story of the same name from Kristen Roupenian’s acclaimed debut book “You Know You Want This.” The film will star Zoë Kravitz, who will also produce on behalf of her production company This Is Important.
“Biter” is co-produced by Paperclip Ltd. Founded in 2014 by Yeardley Smith and Ben Cornwell for the purpose of developing and producing projects with distinct points of view across all mediums, at their earliest stages, Paperclip’s expansive film portfolio includes thrillers “Possessions” and “Alone,” GLAAD Award-nominated “Gossamer Folds,” “Who Are You People,” and SXSW Audience Award-winner “All Square.”
Co-producer Winterlight Pictures brought the project to Kravitz and Paperclip Ltd. Founded by Chris Goldberg, Winterlight Pictures is also producing an adaptation of the #1 NY Times Bestseller “The Maid” by Nita Prose at Universal Pictures, as well as dozens of other IP-driven projects for film and TV. The company has collaborated with many authors on short story-based projects, including Duane Swierczynski whose story “Lush” is at Lionsgate, Christian Cantrell whose story is set up at MRC, and one of Goldberg‘s own short stories which is in development as a feature at Netflix.
Said Chris Goldberg: “As an IP-driven company, short story-based projects have become a huge part of our slate. There is nobody who has broken out in the world of short stories quite like Kristen Roupenian. We are so proud to be working with such an exceptional talent and voice of her generation. We were also blown away by Zoë Kravitz in “Kimi” and “The Batman,” and could not be more excited to collaborate with someone so multi-talented and quickly emerging as one of the world’s biggest movie stars.”
Said Yeardley Smith and Ben Cornwell: “Our team at Paperclip Ltd is excited to work with incredible talents Zoë and Kristen in front of and behind the camera on this thrilling narrative, and Chris and the team at Winterlight are ideal creative partners.”
Zoë Kravitz recently wrapped her directorial debut with the original motion picture film, “Pussy Island” written by Kravitz and E.T. Feigenbaum, starring Naomi Ackie and Channing Tatum. In a highly competitive situation, MGM landed global distribution rights. Kravitz most recently starred as Catwoman in Matt Reeves and Warner Bros.’ acclaimed blockbuster film “The Batman” as well as in the critically acclaimed New Line/HBO Max Original feature “Kimi,” Steven Soderbergh’s unnerving surveillance thriller, in addition to roles in celebrated TV series such as “Big Little Lies” and “High Fidelity.” Kravitz was named one of “The 100 Most Influential People of 2022” by TIME. She is repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment.
Kristen Roupenian is an author and screenwriter. Her short story “Cat Person”, which appeared in The New Yorker, became a viral sensation, perhaps as no short story has since the magazine published Shirley Jackson‘s “The Lottery” in 1948. Cat Person has been adapted into a film of the same name (directed by Susanna Fogel, written by Michelle Ashford, starring Emilia Jones) and debuted at Sundance. Her short story collection “You Know You Want This” was published in 2019, and described by the New York Times as “exciting, smart, perceptive, weird and dark,” and “from one of those brains that feel out-of-this-world brilliant and also completely askew.” She wrote the story for the hit A24 film “Bodies Bodies Bodies” and has multiple features in development. She is currently at work on a novel.
Paperclip Ltd. is represented by Verve and Metro Public Relations.
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