Viola Davis & Jennifer Lopez To Star In Indie Film 'Lila and Eve' Produced By Lifetime Films & A+E Studios

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January 27th, 2014

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via press release:




Movie Executive Produced by Davis and Julius Tennon,

and Directed by Charles Stone III, to Also Star Shea Whigham

LOS ANGELES, CA (January 27, 2014) – Lifetime Films and A+E Studios have partnered with Viola Davis and Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions and Sara Risher’s ChickFlicks to produce the independent feature film Lila and Eve, starring Academy Award® and Golden Globe nominee Davis (The HelpDoubt) and Golden Globe® Award nominee Jennifer Lopez (Out of SightSelena).  The film is targeted toward a festival premiere and theatrical release in late 2014/early 2015.


Directed by Film Independent Spirit Award nominee Charles Stone III (DrumlineCrazy Sexy Cool: The TLC Story), Lila and Eve tells the story of a grief stricken mother (Davis), who in the aftermath of her son’s murder in a drive-by shooting, attends a support group where she meets Eve (Lopez), who has lost her daughter.  When Lila hits numerous roadblocks from the police in bringing justice for her son’s slaying, Eve urges Lila to take matters into her own hands to track down her son’s killers.  The two women soon embark on a killing spree of their own, as they work to the top of the chain of drug dealers to avenge the murder of Lila’s son.  Screen Actors Guild Award® winner Shea Whigham (American HustleBoardwalk Empire) also stars as Detective Holliston, who is investigating Lila and Eve’s crimes.


Written by Pat Gilfillan, Lila and Eve will be produced by Sara Risher (The Last Mimzy) of ChickFlicks  and Darrin Reed (Eyes of the Woods), and executive produced by Viola Davis and Julius Tennon of JuVee Productions, Damian Ganczewski (Ring of Fire) and Rob Sharenow, Tanya Lopez, Lisa Hamilton Daly and Molly Thompson of A+E Studios.



A+E Studios is the in-house production arm of the award-winning global media company A+E Networks, LLC.  A+E Studios commissions, creates and co-produces content across all networks and platforms under the A+E Networks portfolio, including A&E® Network, Lifetime®, HISTORY®, LMN®, FYI™, H2™ and A&E IndieFilms®.



A division of A+E Studios, Lifetime Films is dedicated to developing, producing and acquiring female-focused independent movies.  Recent Lifetime Films projects include The Last of Robin Hood, featuring Kevin Kline, Susan Sarandon and Dakota Fanning, which premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, and will be released in theaters in early Summer 2014.  Lifetime Television®, LMN®, Lifetime Real Women® and Lifetime Digital™ are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A+E Networks.  A+E Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation.



JuVee Productions, founded by Viola Davis and Julius Tennon, is a multi-ethnic production company committed to excellence in film, television and theatre. JuVee is currently in pre-production on “Barbara Jordan” as a starring vehicle for Davis, with producers Shelly Glasser and Diane Nabatoff with Tony Kushner penning the screenplay. The biographical drama tells the life story of the first African American elected to the Texas Senate after Reconstuction and the first southern black female elected to the United States House of Representatives.  Davis is represented by CAA and Lasher Group.



Chickflicks was established by accomplished film industry producer Sara Risher, who is the former President of Production at New Line Cinema, one of the most successful independent film studios of all time.  Risher has produced and/or supervised dozens of feature films of all budget sizes, consistently representing top quality production and commercial success. Chickflicks Films will be uniquely targeted at the large, influential, yet under-served female market.

  • damianthorne

    Sounds good.

  • MorrisonT

    I wish they had cast someone other than JLo. She is not a very good actress and still sounds like she is 12. Viola Davis is fantastic though

  • CookyMonzta

    I know there are tons of outstanding indie films out there, but I can’t help but imagine someone saying that this is actually a step DOWN for J.Lo. I’ve been saying for a quite a while that she’s been in serious danger of being busted down to STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO status in the movie industry. Should it not be any more obvious as to why she clawed her way back to the judges’ table on Idol for an atrociously high $17.5 million?

  • Tyrese

    Cookymonzta: yeah really makes sense even though she has home and the boy next door out as well in the next 12 months plus dropping her album 4 songs already confirmed to drop and we only in jan 1 of those is the offical song of the world cup and she will be performing on the opening ceremony really sounds like she needs American idol take a seat and do your research

  • CookyMonzta

    @Tyrese: I already know about the World Cup song; but nonetheless her film career (excluding voice-overs for ‘Ice Age: Continental Drift’) is not what it was a decade ago. I still wonder if ‘Gigli’ had anything to do with that.

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