A small, relatively underseen film from this year that deserves more eyes on it is Karen Maine‘s Yes, God, Yes, which starred Stranger Things‘ Natalia Dyer as a staunchly Catholic teenager in the early 2000s who discovers masturbating, and struggles to suppress her new urges in the face of eternal damnation.
It’s a sweet film with a good message made on a low budget. Fortunately, it’s been seen by the right people, as Maine has been tapped by Elizabeth Banks and Brownstone Productions to helm Miss Conception, a romantic comedy being set up at Screen Gems. Maine will direct from a spec script by Savion Einstein that’s been re-written by Lauryn Kahn.
Unfortunately, plot details are being kept totally under wraps, so we have no idea what the movie is actually about. But judging by the title it will probably be related to sex, pregnancy, and possibly abortion.
This isn’t the only major project Maine has in the works, as she also recently directed the BBC pilot Starstruck, which then received a straight to series order by the BBC and HBO Max. The six-episode series follows a young woman in London who works two dead-end jobs and has to navigate the awkward morning after she discovers the complications of accidentally sleeping with a movie star.
Maine showed with Yes, God, Yes that she has a bright future in the industry as both a writer and director. She’ll soon be a much more well known name attached to many projects, without a doubt. Perhaps once again at Brownstone, who themselves have many other projects in the works.
They include The Invisible Woman, which Banks will direct and star in, Katie Silberman‘s The Paperbag Princess, which is being co-produced with Margot Robbie‘s Lucky Chap Productions, and Uncanny Valley, which is based on Anna Wiener‘s recent memoir about working in the bizarro, male-driven world of Silicon Valley.