Fox Nation has entered the streaming wars. Known for specials spun-off from Fox News, the streaming app primarily featured news programs, documentaries, and true crime miniseries, but has since began adding original films to their library. They announced that they will release the romantic film ‘The Shell Collector,’ their first movie that was developed “in-house” for the streaming service.
Deadline reports that the “movie is based on Nancy Naigle’s book, and stars Caitlin Clark, Christopher Russell, and Jennifer Higgin. According to Fox Nation the production is ‘a heartwarming story about a widow, Amanda Whittier, with two children who befriends some interesting characters in her small seaside town as she looks to forge ahead with her new life following the death of her husband.'”
The movie was co-produced by Cartel Pictures who have developed holiday TV films such as ‘Once Upon a Christmas Miracle’ and horror flicks like ‘Monsters of California.’ It is directed by Nicholas Humphries (‘The Engagement Back-Up’) with Graem Luis (‘The Last Victim’) working on the project as a producer.
“The service plans three other original movies over the next year tied to the holiday season. It previously has debuted several original Christmas movies that were outside productions, including last year’s ‘Christmas in the Wilds’ and ‘Christmas in the Pines,’ as well as a third original, ‘Romance in the Wilds,'” they continued.
‘The Shell Collector’ is set to stream on September 1, 2022.
Goodreads describes the novel’s synopsis as follows,
“Two years after her husband’s death, Amanda Whittier has two children to raise alone, an abandoned dream of starting a business, and a fixer-upper cottage by the sea. She has no room in her life for anything else and little interest in moving on after losing the man she loved.
Paul Grant is a relative newcomer to the area, and his work with former military dogs needing rehabilitation has been good for the town. Though he loved once before, he’s convinced he’s not suited for romance and is determined to find meaning–alone–through his work and role in the community.
Widowed Maeve Lindsay was born and raised on Whelk’s Island. Spirited, kind, and a little mischievous, she pours her life into the town. But she carries a secret that shapes her every move.
Together, these three souls find encouragement in the most mysterious places and discover a love that’s bigger than their pain, healing their wounded hearts in ways none of them could have hoped for or expected.”
Nancy Naigle is given a writer’s credit for the film.