Killer Films and Glass Elevator Media Announce Co-Production Deal For "This Beautiful Life", Susanne Bier Attached To Direct

NEW YORK and LOS ANGELES, April 2, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Killer Films and Glass Elevator Media announced today they are partnering to produce THIS BEAUTIFUL LIFE (2011) Harper Collins, the novel by Helen Schulman.   When a salacious video sent to tenth grader Jake goes viral, his family is embroiled in a digital scandal which threatens to destroy them.

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Killer and Glass Elevator have joined with a group of private investors to develop the feature film.  Helen Schulman is writing the screenplay and Susanne Bier is attached to direct.

Pam Koffler, President of Killer Films said: We are thrilled to find in Glass Elevator partners who are devoted to bringing important, timely and entertaining stories to screens of any size. Helen's book is exactly the kind of material we love -intelligent, complex, but at its core, emotional and universal. As parents, we are all searching for a roadmap to navigate the digital space with our kids. The issues of family never change; it's the landscape in which they unfold that does. This is a story for our times.

Helen Schulman said: I am so excited to be working with Pam and Christine at Killer, whose films I have long admired, and very pleased that Glass Elevator has come on board--a terrific team.  Susanne Bier is a first-rate director and when we met I felt like she truly understood my book and the flawed, blinded-by-love characters in it.  It will be an honor to work with her.

Adrienne Becker, CEO of Glass Elevator said: Working in partnership with filmmakers of the integrity and caliber of Pam and Christine and on "This Beautiful Life", is a picture perfect collaboration for Glass Elevator.  Helen has captured the familiar voices and interconnected nature of technology, family and community in a way that is timely and relevant to a broad audience of parents and young adults.  The story is rich with characters who write new scripts for themselves, be they right or wrong, and Glass Elevator is engaging in partnerships with creators such as Helen, Susanne and Killer with propensities to break this new ground.

HELEN SCHULMAN is the author of the novels THIS BEAUTIFUL LIFE (an International Bestseller), A DAY AT THE BEACH, P.S., THE REVISIONIST, OUT OF TIME, and the short story collection NOT A FREE SHOW.   P.S. was also made into a feature film starring Laura Linney and was written by Helen Schulman and Dylan Kidd.  Helen has also co-edited, along with Jill Bialosky, the anthology WANTING A CHILD. Her fiction and non-fiction works have appeared in such places as Vanity Fair, Time, Vogue, GQ, The New York Times Book Review and The Paris Review.  Helen is presently the Fiction Coordinator at The Writing Program at The New School where she is a tenured Professor of Writing.

SUSANNE BIER is a Danish film director best known for her feature films BROTHERS, AFTER THE WEDDING and IN A BETTER WORLD, for which she won the Academy Award in 2011 for Best Foreign Language Film.  Her forthcoming film SERENA starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence is due in September 2013. In 2013 she was a member of the jury at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival.

ABOUT KILLER FILMS:  The indie powerhouse, Killer Films, was founded by American movie producers, Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler in 1995. The company has produced a number of the most acclaimed American independent films over the past two decades including FAR FROM HEAVEN (nominated for four Academy Awards), BOYS DON'T CRY (Academy Award winner), ONE HOUR PHOTO, THE GREY ZONE, PARTY MONSTER, CAMP, THE COMPANY, A DIRTY SHAME, SAVAGE GRACE and I'M NOT THERE (Academy Award nominated) Killer Films executive produced MILDRED PIERCE, the Emmy Award®-winning HBO mini-series starring Kate Winslet. Most recently, Killer produced Ramin Bahrani's new film AT ANY PRICE starring Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron, Sebastian Silva's MAGIC MAGIC starring Michael Cera, Juno Temple and Emily Browning and John Krokidas's debut feature KILL YOUR DARLINGS starring Daniel Radcliffe, Ben Foster, Jack Huston, and Elizabeth Olsen. Killer is also in post-production on Hilary Brougher's INNOCENCE starring Sophie Curtis, Kelly Reilly, and Graham Phillips and Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer's LAST OF ROBIN HOOD starring Dakota Fanning, Susan Sarandon, and Kevin Kline.

ABOUT GLASS ELEVATOR: Glass Elevator is a digital age multi-platform media company whose mission is to identify and collaborate with unique creators who share the Glass Elevator ethos of making high quality entertainment for all formats; including film, television, digital, live and published media.  The Company is a Production Incubator, using best practices of technology incubators and applying them to entertainment entrepreneurs.  We develop, finance, produce and monetize our jointly-owned intellectual property with an emphasis on stories or characters that break with conventional stereotypes and expectations.  Properties include the forthcoming feature film, touring event and social game JUNGLE RED; the book and episodic series SHE'S SO BOSS featuring Jackie Emerson; the television property THE INVISIBLE WORLD by Robert Girardi; BENCH WARMERS for the Web from Katie Goodman and Broad Comedy; the online social content platform VIEWUR; and the musical FRIENDS LIKE THESE, most recently workshopped in New York and in LA at the Geffen Playhouse. The Company was formed in February 2012 by Adrienne Becker and Jessica Dorfman Jones and is based in Los Angeles and New York, www.glasselevatorco.com.

Media Contact:

Elliot Estrada Glass Elevator Media, (310) 513-5279, info@glasselevatorco.com

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