Susan Sarandon’s Reframed Pictures has partnered with PBS biography strand ‘American Masters’ and U.S. producer-distributor Submarine to profile 1940s screen starlet and inventor Hedy Lamarr (pictured) in a forthcoming feature-length doc.
Directed by Alexandra Dean, the tentatively titled Hedy: The Untold Story of Actress and Inventor Hedy Lamarr is set to document the professional life and career of Lamarr, who first gained notoriety by posing nude as a 17-year-old in the 1933 Czech film Ecstasy.
Married to a prominent Austrian businessman-turned-Nazi-weapons-dealer, Lamarr fled in the middle of the night to board a boat bound for the U.S. While on board, she met and impressed MGM owner Louis B. Mayer, who would turn the actress into one of Hollywood’s most successful stars.
The film, which received funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, will explore Lamarr’s prominent career as an actress and secretive innovator. During World War II, Lamarr would spend her nights developing a wireless form of communication known as “frequency hopping” in an attempt to defeat the “Axis of Evil.” The patent, developed with avant-garde composer George Antheil, would later serve to usher in the creation of wireless phones, Bluetooth, GPS and Wi-Fi.
Submarine has pre-sold the German and Austrian rights to NFP Films; pan-Scandinavian rights to NonStop Entertainment; Canadian rights to Films We Like; and distribution rights for the UK and the rest of the world to Dogwoof.
Susan Sarandon and Michael Kantor serve as the film’s executive producers. Katherine Drew and Adam Haggiag are to produce alongside co-producers David Koh and Dan Braun of Submarine.
Submarine represents the theatrical and the rest of the rights, minus television, for the U.S. PBS’s ‘American Masters’ holds the exclusive U.S. broadcast rights.