Naomi Watts and Sophia Lillis are set to lead the cast of director Claire McCarthy’s “Burning Season” based on Laura Van Den Berg’s short story “What the World Will Look Like When All The Water Leaves Us”.
Watts will play a primatologist who has returned to a drought-stricken region of Madagascar in search of endangered species. Dragged along for the adventure are her teenage daughter (Lillis) and a handsome local researcher.
The mother is headstrong and passionate as a scientist but is far from a perfect mother, while the teen uses the trip as her own journey of discovery.
Jenny Halper (“American Honey”) has penned the adaptation and will produce alongside Kate Sharp (“The Hallow”). Watts is executive producing.