Thursday 19 April 2018

Film based on true story of supermodels doing coke during snowstorm is on its way

Story based on an Elle exposé about a fashion shoot gone wrong

A shot from the Neiman Marcus fur catalogue, 1977
A shot from the Neiman Marcus fur catalogue, 1977

After extricating himself from the furious debate surrounding the Ghostbusters reboot, Paul Feig is to produce a film based on a true story about a load of supermodels getting stranded in a snowstorm, partying and doing a bunch of drugs.

In case you were worried that this synopsis is misleading, be advised the film is literally (and ambiguously) titled Supermodel Snowpocalypse.

The film doesn’t yet have a director or cast, according to The Hollywood Reporter, but will be based on the brilliantly titled Elle article: ‘This Drug-Fueled, Multimillion-Dollar Supermodel Snowpocalypse Has Been Fashion’s Best-Kept Secret Since ’77: The Epic, Never-Before-Told Story Behind Possibly the Greatest Fashion Emergency in History and a Daring, Near-Deadly Escape’.

The exposé told the story of a Neiman Marcus fashion shoot gone wrong in the Andes. A group of supermodels, including the then not so famous Jerry Hall, were shooting for a fur catalogue when they became snowed in at Chile’s Hotel Portillo. Not wanting this to put a dampener on things, they reportedly turned the hotel’s disco into a Studio 54-esque environment, threw fashion shows and hoovered up boatloads of cocaine. They were eventually rescued by Chilean military helicopters, while the rest of the hotel’s guests had to wait for the storm to clear.

It remains to be seen who will direct the movie (it sounds up Martin Scorsese or David O. Russell’s street to me) and Feig (Bridesmaids, Spy, The Heat) is unlikely to get behind the camera for this one.

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