Dakota & Elle Fanning Launch Production Venture


Dakota and Elle Fanning have formed Lewellen Pictures to develop feature film and TV projects, as well as other forms of media, including podcasts.

Civic Center Media, in affiliation with MRC Television, have signed the newly formed production company to a first-look television deal.

The first project in development under the deal is an adaptation of The New York Times best-selling novel The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda. Sarah Walker (The Secrets She Keeps, Wentworth) will write and executive produce the crime thriller series about an intimate friendship between two girls who fall violently in love with each other’s differences, which, in the end, create doubt, betrayal and tragedy. Dakota and Elle will executive produce alongside Brittany Kahan Ward and Mary Jane Skalski for Echo Lake Entertainment.

“Elle has brought such perspective and thoughtfulness as an executive producer on The Great,” said Elise Henderson, president of MRC Television. “We are excited by the vision she and Dakota have for Lewellen Pictures and for MRC Television to provide a home for the stories they will tell.”

“We are thrilled to be launching this company together and to be teaming up with MRC, who have been excellent partners on The Great,” said the Fannings in a joint statement. “Our goal is to tell stories, through comedy and drama, which are authentic to the human experience, and not just from our own perspective. We also want to create content that we wouldn’t be able to make just as actors. We can learn so much when we look outside our specific points of view. We have been fortunate to work with many brilliant storytellers and hope to continue that track while also providing opportunities for many more.”