Sandra Bullock has received an offer for the film Never Forget at Screen Gems. The film, according to sources familiar with the project, say it is loosely based on the documentary On Moral Grounds, directed by Robby Kushner, which depicts one woman’s quest to reimburse Holocaust survivors who were swindled out of their heir’s insurance policies by a European insurance company. The studio has been very hush-hush on this project but has confirmed exclusively to EW.com that she’s been offered the role.
The film is one of several movies recently offered Bullock, but she has passed on most of them. Bullock has already said no to starring in New Line’s Our Wild Life, aka Elephant Orphanage, which centers on the life of Dame Daphne Sheldrick, an animal conservationist in Kenya who devoted her life to preventing the extinction of elephants. Julia Roberts had been rumored for the role, too. New Line is now regrouping before reaching out to a new leading lady.
Bullock has also turned down an offer to star in Disney’s The Odd Life of Timothy Green, a film from Peter Hedges (Dan in Real Life) that centers on a family whose lives are touched by an unexpected child.
It’s understandable why the 45-year-old actress may have turned down both Wild Life and Timothy Green. Both parts have inklings of her Oscar-winning role in The Blind Side in them. Wild Life requires her to portray another real-life person, just as she did playing Leigh Anne Tuohy, and Timothy Green centers around a child who changes a family’s life, a la Michael Oher.
Bullock is currently negotiating to co-star opposite Tom Hanks in the adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer’s 9/11 novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, which Stephen Daldry is planning to direct for Warner Bros. and Paramount Pictures. The post 9/11 drama centers on a young boy who finds a key that belonged to his late father who died in the World Trade Center attacks. Sources believe it will be the actress’s next project.