First Brad Pitt backs Illuminae, now Leonardo DiCaprio gets behind The Sandcastle Empire. Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars are producing YA series for the big screen. We’ve got the scoop on Leo’s latest project.
One of Hollywood’s hottest leading men gets behind the post-apocalyptic YA enviro-thriller The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson. In a Hollywood Report exclusive it was announced Leonardo DiCaprio and his partner at Appian Way, Jennifer Davisson, are attached to produce the adaptation of The Sandcastle Empire for Paramount Pictures.
The Sandcastle Empire has an environmental theme which reportedly attracted DiCaprio to the project. DiCaprio has been a long time advocate of environmental issues. He started the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation in 1998 which focuses on the environment and has awarded over $30 mil in grant money since its inception.
“The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation is dedicated to the long-term health and wellbeing of all Earth’s inhabitants. Through collaborative partnerships, we support innovative projects that protect vulnerable wildlife from extinction, while restoring balance to threatened ecosystems and communities.” LDF Mission Statement
Olson’s The Sandcastle Empire is set in 2049 when the Earth is at a breaking point due to climate change, coastal flooding and overpopulation. A radical faction known as the Wolfpack overthrows the government and takes control.
The story centers on a young woman named Eden who escapes a Wolfpack labor camp, joining three other girls fleeing to an island. During her journey, she will find clues as to what happened to her missing father and find out that she is the key to bringing down the Wolfpack.
Olson announced the news on her Twitter feed February 1st saying:
Yes, that’s me—and yes, that’s my project in this Leonardo DiCaprio/Paramount movie news. SURPRISE! (!!!!!!!) http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/leonardo-dicaprio-produce-post-apocalyptic-861162 …
No publishing info available as yet, but we’ll keep an eye on this project. Hopefully DiCaprio is as successful in his production picks as he is in front of the camera.