Blake Lively is set to make her feature directorial debut with Seconds, an adaptation of the graphic novel by Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O’Malley that is set up at Searchlight.
Edgar Wright, who adapted the 2010 cult classic Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, is also involved with Seconds. The filmmaker wrote the script and is producing along with Marc Platt.
Published in 2014 by Random House’s Ballantine Books imprint, Seconds tells the story of Katie Clay, who receives the power to fix her past mistakes via writing them down in a notebook, eating a mushroom and falling asleep. Clay becomes too eager to fix every little aspect of her life and before long, her newfound ability begins to create ever new problems that threaten not only to take her further and further from the life she initially had but the very fabric of time and space itself. The book was the first work from O’Malley since wrapping up his break-out Pilgrim graphic novel series.
Lively made her directorial debut last year when she helmed the music video for Taylor Swift’s “I Bet You Think About Me,” which featured singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton.
The award-winning actress, who transitioned from TV star on the series Gossip Girl into an in-demand film star, has worked with a number of acclaimed film directors throughout her robust career, including Ben Affleck, Rebecca Miller and Oliver Stone.
Author O’Malley is best known for his Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series, which was first introduced in August 2004. A film adaptation co-written and directed by Wright saw Michael Cera in the title role and lead a cast of future all-stars such as Chris Evan, Brie Larson, and Kieran Culkin was released in August 2010. Although it underperformed at the box office, the film received positive reviews and received several awards and nominations. It has since gone on to become a cult classic.
Lively is repped by WME and Management 360.