Jill Soloway is set to write and direct a film adaptation of an upcoming memoir called “Mothertrucker” at Makeready, with Julianne Moore attached to star, the studio announced Wednesday.
Written by Amy Butcher, “Mothertrucker” chronicles Butcher’s friendship with the Instagram celebrity known as Joy Mothertrucker, a 50-year-old Instagram celebrity and, according to Butcher, America’s only female ice road trucker. Moore will play Joy Mothertrucker; the studio is developing the role of Amy as a starring vehicle for another leading actress.
The book is set to be published by Little A, an imprint of Amazon Publishing, in early 2022.
Soloway is writing and directing the film and will also produce alongside Andrea Sperling through their Topple Productions. Moore will produce, with Bart Freundlich executive producing through their fortysixty productions. Makeready partner and head of film Pam Abdy and Natalie Williams will oversee for the studio.
“Mothertrucker” will also be released by Focus Features as part of Makeready’s distribution deal with Universal Pictures.
“I’m honored to tell this deeply resonant story about two women finding meaning and strength as they face an epic challenge in one of the most punishing and beautiful landscapes on the planet,” Soloway said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to collaborating with Pam Abdy, Brad Weston, Natalie Williams and Bart Freundlich and to bring Julianne Moore’s remarkable talent to the screen in the role of ‘Joy’.”
“This story is a beautiful exploration of the depths of female friendship and the strength of bonds forged in a time of uncertainty,” Abdy said in a statement. “Jill has such a unique ability to capture the most profound elements of human relationships and with Julianne starring as the one-of-a-kind Joy, we could not be happier to bring this inspiring story to life on screen.”
“I’m inspired by Jill’s cinematic vision for the project and eager to work with this accomplished team in bringing Amy’s story to the big screen,” Sperling said in a statement.
Soloway’s “Transparent” is coming to an end this year on Amazon with a musical finale episode following the departure of star Jeffrey Tambor. They are also set to direct and write the comic book adaptation of “Red Sonja.” Soloway and Sperling are represented by UTA and Jackoway Austen Tyerman Werthmeier Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein.
Moore starred this year in “After the Wedding,” and she’ll next be seen in “The Woman in the Window” and “The Glorias” as Gloria Steinem, with both films arriving in 2020. Moore is represented by CAA, Management 360 and Edelstein, Laird & Sobel.
Butcher is represented by UTA and Samantha Shea at Georges Borchardt, Inc.