Abishag Productions was formed in 2007 by Katherine and Nancy Heigl. The production company, the fulfillment of a long term ambition for Katherine to work on both sides of the camera, has afforded her the opportunity to executive produce a number of big screen projects and to seek out and develop exciting stories to turn into film.
"When I read a great story it's exciting to see if we can turn it into a film. It's a very different feeling than just being a
hired actor where my job is to hit my mark and do what they tell me to do."
Katherine Heigl, InStyle - August 2009
The unusually titled company derives its name from a character in the poem "Provide, Provide" by Robert Frost, which describes the transient nature of beauty and fame in Hollywood. This is illustrated by the first two stanzas of the poem:
The witch that came (the withered hag)
To wash the steps with pail and rag,
Was once the beauty Abishag,
The picture pride of Hollywood.
Too many fall from great and good
For you to doubt the likelihood.
The company also has a number of projects under development, including "Kill Switch", "Trending", "The Knitting Circle" and "Escape". Abishag has also acquired the film rights to Jacqueline Sheehan's best selling novel "Lost & Found".
In September 2007, Abishag Productions purchased the film rights to "Lost & Found", the best selling dramatic novel by Jacqueline Sheehan.
"Lost & Found" tells the story of psychologist Rocky Pelligrino, who heads to a quiet island off the coast of Maine to work as an Animal Control Warden after her husband dies suddenly of a heart attack. Quitting her job, she leaves Massachusetts - reinventing her past and heads to Peak's Island a million miles away from everything she's lost.
Rocky, a quirky and fallible character, discovers the healing process to be agonizingly slow until she meets Lloyd, a large black Labrador retriever with a primitive arrow sticking out of his shoulder. And so begins a remarkable friendship between a wounded woman and a wounded, loveable animal.
"Lost & Found" illustrates the profound bond that exists between humans and animals and is a sensitive and honest portrayal of loss and the journey toward healing and starting over.
"The Knitting Circle" is a production project currently under development.
The movie adaptation of the best selling semi-autobiographical novel by Ann Hood will see Katherine take the role of central character Mary Baxter.
Mourning the death of her young daughter and struggling to overcome the grief that jeopardizes every aspect of her life - including her marriage, the story examines how the character begins to find her way back into the world through a knitting circle and the experiences its members share.
The film will be scripted by Dirty Sexy Money creator and award-winning playright Craig Wright, whose writing credits also include Six Feet Under, where he earned both Emmy and WGA nominations for his work.
Pine Street Pictures will also produce the film in conjunction with Katherine and Nancy Heigl.
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