Aniston, Alicia Keys to Star in Lifetime Movie "Project Five"
Jennifer Aniston, Alicia Keys, Demi Moore and Patty Jenkins Set to
Direct Lifetime Original Movie "Project Five"
Anthology of Five Short Films Executive Produced by Aniston, Marta
Kauffman, Paula Wagner, Kristin Hahn, Kevin Chinoy and Francesca Silvestri
to Explore Impact of Breast Cancer for the Sony Pictures Television
Major Project Reunites Aniston and Kauffman for First Time Since
LOS ANGELES, California -- Jennifer Aniston, Alicia Keys, Demi Moore
and Film Independent Spirit Award-winner Patty Jenkins (Monster) have been
signed to direct the Lifetime Original Movie Project Five, an anthology of
five short films exploring the impact of breast cancer on people's lives.
Aniston, Marta Kauffman (Friends), Paula Wagner (The Last Samurai,
Mission: Impossible), Kristin Hahn (The Departed, The Switch), Kevin
Chinoy (Greg the Bunny, Warren the Ape) and Francesca Silvestri (Greg the
Bunny, Warren the Ape) will executive produce the Sony Pictures Television
production, Project Five, reuniting Aniston and Kauffman for the first
time since Friends. The announcement was made today by Nancy Dubuc,
President and General Manager of Lifetime Networks, an industry leader in
raising awareness about breast cancer.
Through its deeply interconnected story arc developed by Kauffman,
Project Five will use humor and drama to focus on the effect that breast
cancer and its diagnosis have on relationships and the way women perceive
themselves, while searching for strength, comfort, medical breakthroughs
and, ultimately, a cure.
Under Kauffman's supervision, writers Stephen Godshaux (Spin City, Dead
Like Me), Jill Gordon (Cupid, My So-Called Life), Howard Morris (Women are
Crazy, Men are Stupid), Deirdre O'Connor (The Electric Company) and Wendy
West (Dexter, The Closer) have written a film included in Project Five,
which will be produced by Sony Pictures Television, Echo Films and
Chestnut Ridge Productions. The film's fifth director will be announced in
the coming weeks.
"Our hope with Project Five is to entertain, inform and inspire
dialogue, research and prevention. Otherwise, our goals are small,"
said Aniston. "We want these films to move people and empower those
affected by breast cancer to stand tall through this challenge, which
impacts ALL of our lives, no matter who we are."
"I'm a big fan of this amazing group of powerful and creative
women, and we are thrilled to be working with them on Project Five,"
said Dubuc. "It's an awesome feeling to be able to give them such a
strong platform to do what they do best - entertain and tell great stories
- so that we all educate viewers about breast cancer through these five
films of courage, love and hope."
"We are proud to be partnering with this amazing creative team on
a project of such importance and impact for women," said Helen Verno,
executive vice president of movies and miniseries, Sony Pictures
Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of deaths among women,
affecting one in every eight females, with one in 35 of those women often
dying from the disease. While breast cancer death rates are going down -
likely a result of early detection - it's estimated that nearly 200,000
new cases are diagnosed annually, with 40,000 deaths attributed to the
disease each year. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among African
American women, who are more likely to die from the disease than other
ethnicities due to later detection and delayed treatment. Among Hispanic
women, breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death. There are
currently 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.
Long at the forefront in the ongoing battle to fight breast cancer for
more than 17 years, Lifetime's Stop Breast Cancer for Life initiative has
been dedicated to offering women the most up-to-date, comprehensive
information about the disease. Reaching women and families across the
country in partnership with its cable affiliates, advertising sponsors and
leading non-profit organizations, Lifetime has collected more than 25
million petition signatures to urge Congress to pass the bipartisan Breast
Cancer Patient Protection Act, which would end "drive-through
mastectomies," the practice where women are sometimes forced to leave
the hospital just hours after invasive breast surgery. Lifetime and its
audience are now urging the health insurance industry to allow women to
stay in the hospital up to 48 hours after a mastectomy as a standard of
Past Lifetime Original Movies addressing breast cancer include Living
Proof, produced by Ren?e Zellweger and Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Drop
Dead Diva) and starring Harry Connick Jr., Amanda Bynes, Angie Harmon, Amy
Madigan and others; the Emmy? Award nominated Why I Wore Lipstick to My
Mastectomy, with Sarah Chalke; and Matters of Life & Dating, starring