Tuesday, May 31, 2022



LOS ANGELES, CA MAY 31, 2022 – Focus Features, Endeavor Content and Makeready have announced the start of production on BOOK CLUB 2 – THE NEXT CHAPTER, a sequel to the wildly successful and beloved 2018 comedy BOOK CLUB. The legendary quartet is reunited, with returning icons Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen starring alongside Andy Garcia, Don Johnson, and Craig T. Nelson. New cast joining will include Giancarlo Giannini, Hugh Quarshie and Vincent Riotta. The film is written by Bill Holderman and Erin Simms, with Holderman returning as Director. The duo will also serve as producers.


The highly anticipated sequel follows our four best friends as they take their book club to Italy for the fun girls trip they never had. When things go off the rails and secrets are revealed, their relaxing vacation turns into a once-in-a-lifetime cross-country adventure.


Endeavor Content will finance and produce BOOK CLUB 2 – THE NEXT CHAPTER. Producers are Bill Holderman and Erin Simms. Executive Producers are Brad Weston, Trish Hofmann, Enzo Sisti and Andrew Duncan. Julia Iglesias will oversee the project for Focus Features, who will distribute the film in the U.S. Universal Pictures International will distribute internationally. 

Diane Keaton is represented by WME, Pearlman & Tishbi; Jane Fonda is represented by CAA, Untitled Entertainment and Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof + Fishman; Candice Bergen is represented by ICM Partners and Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof + Fishman; Mary Steenburgen is represented by UTA, Management 360 and Gang, Tyre, Ramer, Brown & Passman.



Focus Features acquires and produces specialty films for the global market and holds a library of iconic movies, with 143 Academy Award Nominations and 27 wins from fearless filmmakers. Upcoming and current releases from Focus include Robert Eggers’ Viking epic The Northman starring Alexander Skarsgård, Anya Taylor-Joy, Nicole Kidman, Ethan Hawke and Björk, the highly anticipated Downton Abbey: A New Era including the return of the original cast with new additions Dominic West, Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock and Nathalie Baye, Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris directed by Anthony Fabien and starring Lesley Manville, Isabelle Huppert, Jason Isaacs, Ellen Thomas and Lucas Bravo in collaboration with the house of Dior, B.J. Novak’s directorial debut Vengeance a darkly comic thriller starring Issa Rae, Ashton Kutcher, Boyd Holbrook, J. Smith-Cameron, and Dove Cameron, Sundance hit Honk For Jesus. Save Your Soul from filmmaking sibling duo the Ebo twins, writer-director Adamma Ebo and producer Adanne Ebo with their feature film debut starring Regina Hall and Sterling K. Brown, James Gray’s upcoming Armageddon Time starring Anthony Hopkins, Jeremy Strong and Anne HathawayA.V. Rockwell’s directorial debut A Thousand and One starring Teyana Taylor, Silent Twins starring Letitia Wright and Tamara Lawrance and directed by Agnieszka Smoczynska, Spoiler Alert based on Michael Ausiello’s Memoir and starring Jim Parsons, Sally Field, and Ben Aldridge, and Todd Field’s Tár, starring Cate Blanchett in the titular role. Universal Pictures International has led distribution in select markets for titles including The Northman, Downton Abbey: A New Era and Armageddon Time.


Focus is part of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG), which produces, acquires, markets and distributes filmed entertainment worldwide in various media formats for theatrical, home entertainment, television and other distribution platforms.  UFEG’s global division also includes Universal Pictures, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, and DreamWorks Animation.  UFEG is part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience.  NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation. 


For more information please visit www.focusfeatures.com



Endeavor Content is a global leader in the creation, production and distribution of premium film and television content. The studio’s film titles include In the Heights and Just Mercy for Warner Bros., Book Club  and 80 for Brady for Paramount Pictures, Blue Miracle for Netflix, Oscar nominated The Lost Daughter for Netflix, Ambulance with Universal Pictures, My Best Friend’s Exorcism for Amazon, and Sundance Film Festival Audience Award winner Cha Cha Real Smooth for Apple Original Films. The studio produces premium TV series such as Severance, Roar, Omnivore, See and Truth Be Told on Apple TV+, Wolf Like Me for Peacock, Life & Beth, Nine Perfect Strangers and McCartney 3,2,1 for Hulu, and Tokyo Vice for HBO Max. Endeavor Content also handles global distribution for hit series including Killing Eve, The Morning Show, Normal People and The Night Manager.  



MAKEREADY is a leading independent film, TV and branded entertainment production company, founded and led by industry veteran and long-time studio executive Brad Weston. Driven by an ambitious, global production program, the company develops, finances and produces original feature films, television, documentaries, and short form content. 


Upcoming films for MAKEREADY include “Not Okay” for Searchlight Pictures and Hulu, starring Zoey Deutch and Dylan O’Brien, directed by Quinn Shephard; “A Thousand and One,” the feature debut of A.V. Rockwell with Focus Features distributing and partners Sight Unseen and Hillman Grad; and “Chang Can Dunk” for Disney+ with Jingyi Shao directing. In 2018, the company released the film “Queen & Slim,” written by Emmy Award-winner Lena Waithe (“Master of None”), directed by Grammy® winning Melina Matsoukas (Beyonce’s “Formation”) and starring Academy Award® winner Daniel Kaluuya (“Judas and The Black Messiah”) and Jodie Turner-Smith, which debuted to critical acclaim and box office success. To date, the film has garnered nearly $50 million worldwide.


Recently, MAKEREADY closed a first look deal with Endeavor Content spanning feature films, television, and unscripted content. Upcoming projects for the company include the feature adaptation of the Jo Nesbø book, “The Jealousy Man,” for Amazon; an English-language remake of the Academy Award®-winning film, “Another Round,” with Endeavor Content and Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way. MAKEREADY has numerous tv shows in development at various streaming platforms, including the graphic novel, “Bone Parish” by Cullen Bunn in development at Amazon with Lena Waithe exec producing; an adaptation of the artistic short film, “Sad Day,” with singer-songwriter FKA Twigs and Hiro Murai for FX.


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