Cate Blanchett to produce HBO telemovie

2013-03-13_1532Cate Blanchett will produce and star in a telemovie for HBO based on cartoonist Marisa Acocella Marchetto’s memoir Cancer Vixen: A True Story. Cancer Vixen: A True Story.

Blanchett will play a cartoonist for magazines like The New Yorker and Glamour with a Manhattan lifestyle who is about to get married but must re-examine her life when she is diagnosed with breast cancer.

Deadline reports she will be an executive producer on the project alongside Maven Pictures partners Trudie Styler and Celine Rattray

Blanchett is currently shooting The Monuments Men, directed by George Clooney-directed and is attached to Disney’s Cinderella, which Kenneth Branagh will direct.


  1. Victor – Blanchett optioned the book in 2006. She tried for years to get it made as a theatrical feature but nothing panned out. An EP credit is entirely appropriate for the person who optioned the book and then stuck with the project for 8 years.

  2. I don’t think Cate Blanchett needs or wants an Emmy (but I’m sure she would be grateful to have one). I think Cate Blanchett would be the first to credit them. It is a sad fact of life that big names might mean big sales and as you so eloquently put it, victor, sales (have the young angry kids from facebeef infiltrated your site?)

  3. I feel rather sorry for the real producers of this show who have probably spent years and taken a great risk to pay to option the book and commission a writer etc. Then in order to secure the lead they get the line, “I want an EP credit” and the lead gets headlines such as this that they’re the producer blah blah blah. It is why American films and television have masses of Executive Producers with agents forcing them on producers who have little option if they want that cast.

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