Patty Hearst Inspired Drama ‘American Heiress’ Canceled by Fox

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20th Century Fox has canceled its Patty Hearst drama “American Heiress,” the studio announced Thursday.

“Twentieth Century Fox Film and its production partners have decided to cancel the studio’s planned project based on the book “American Heiress,” a studio spokesperson said in a statement obtained by TheWrap.

The project, which would recounted how Hearst was kidnapped by and subsequently forced to join the left wing terrorist group Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA), was based on the 2016 book “American Heiress” by Jeffrey Toobin. Elle Fanning was attached to star with “Logan” director James Mangold behind the camera.

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The studio canceled the film after Hearst said in a statement that she was “saddened and appalled” by the project, and by the fact that it was largely headed up by men. She decried Fox, Toobin and CNN, which is producing a documentary also based on the book, for what she called “a one-sided dialogue romanticizing my torture and rape.”

“This project is attempting to rewrite history and directly flies in the face of the present #MeToo movement where so much progress is being made in regard to listening, and providing a voice, to those who have suffered abuse,” Hearst continued.

In 1974, Hearst, granddaughter of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst, was abducted from her Berkeley, Ca. apartment by the SLA and soon began participating in the group’s criminal activities, including a bank robbery. She was captured by law enforcement 19 months after her kidnapping, and her subsequent trial became a media sensation.

Hearst testified during her that she had been subjected to torture, gaslighting, and repeated rapes during her time with SLA, and that she joined the group to save her life. Despite this, she was sentenced to 35 years in prison, but her sentence was commuted by President Carter, and she was later pardoned by Bill Clinton.

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Elle Fanning in Talks to Star as Patty Hearst in Fox Drama, James Mangold to Direct

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James Mangold is set to direct the Patty Hearst drama for Fox, with Elle Fanning in talks to star as the heiress, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

The still untitled film will be an adaptation of Jeffrey Toobin’s best-selling “American Heiress,” and is set to delve into Toobin’s reporting on Hearst’s kidnapping by the Symbionese Liberation Army.

Mangold will produce the film with Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson. The screenplay was written by Larry Karaszewski & Scott Alexander and Mangold.

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In 1974, Hearst, granddaughter of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst, was abducted from her Berkeley, California, apartment by the terrorist group, the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA).

The 19-month FBI/police search and the subsequent capture of Hearst, who turned into a SLA sympathizer and changed her name to Tania, captivated the nation and played out on the nightly news through the course of her trial.

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Mangold recently directed “Logan” and “The Wolverine,” and is serving as an executive producer on “The Greatest Showman,” which is hitting theaters this month. He is represented by Management 360, WME and Block-Korenbrot Public Relations.

Fanning’s recent credits include “20th Century Women” and “The Beguiled.” She is represented by WME, Echo Lake Entertainment and Slate PR.

Variety first reported the news.

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