Zelda Williams To Direct ‘AMA (Ask Me Anything)’ As Feature Debut | Film News
Zelda Williams, daughter of comedy icon Robin Williams, will make her feature directorial debut with AMA (Ask Me Anything). The project stems from a 2018 Blacklist script by John Wikstrom. Assemble Media is producing.
The film revolves around an online interview session with a fast-rising entertainment publicist and a music superstar. The interview is billed as a candid, tell-all “ask me anything” session, but a mysterious hacker hijacks the forum and quickly dismantles the privacy of the participants by revealing their lurid, previously buried, secrets.
The studio has described the film as “weaving dark celebrity secrets and the dangers of the digital age together into a cat-and-mouse thriller”. Jack Heller, principal of Assemble Media, will produce. He said of the project: “We are thrilled to be working with Zelda on her feature directing debut. She is an incredible talent who will bring her passionate, thoughtful and highly visual style to the material”.
Williams’ short film Shrimp debuted at the 2018 Tribeca TV Festival, and was a glimpse into the world of sadomasochism and professional dominatrixes in Los Angeles. Williams soon inked a deal with Gunpowder And Sky to develop Shrimp as a half-hour TV series. She will write, direct, produce and star in the project.
That success led her to AMA (Ask Me Anything), which looks to be a timely dive into the malleability of celebrity image in the contemporary age. Williams said of the film: “For me, this project encompasses so many of my cinematic loves and I can’t think of a more timely moment for it”.