‘Amazon Studios is moving ahead with its Michelle Williams underground abortion movie “This Is Jane,” and has signed “Toy Story 4” screenwriter Stephany Folsom to write the script, Variety has learned.
Williams came on board to star in May. “Boys Don’t Cry” director Kimberly Peirce is helming “This Is Jane,” which is backed by John Lesher’s Le Grisbi Productions. Lesher and Peter Heller are producing.
The project is based on Laura Kaplan’s book “The Story of Jane: The Legendary Underground Feminist Abortion Service,” which follows women who provided abortion services in the years before 1973’s Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion. Kaplan, who joined the 3-year-old organization Jane in 1971, assembled the histories of the anonymous women who are identified only by pseudonyms.
Williams will play Jane’s founder, known as Jenny. The actress has been nominated for Academy Awards for “Brokeback Mountain,” “Blue Valentine,” “My Week With Marilyn,” and “Manchester by the Sea.” Peirce’s feature directing credits include “Stop-Loss” and 2013’s remake of “Carrie.”
Folsom wrote “Toy Story 4” for Disney-Pixar, which has a release date of June 21, 2019, and re-wrote “Thor: Ragnarok” for Disney-Marvel.
She is repped by Verve, Kaplan/Perrone and Morris Yorn.’