Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Ted Melfi, who made his feature debut directing Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts and Chris O’Dowd in St. Vincent De Van Nuys for The Weinstein Company, is in talks to helm Going In Style, the New Line remake of the 1979 bank heist comedy. Melfi wrote the script and Donald De Line is producing with Tony Bill exec producing. The offer to Melfi was made today and they are negotiating.

The original film was directed by Martin Brest and it starred George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg as three retirees who decide to rob a bank. That basic premise is being used in the sequel, but the back stories of the characters are different. A lot of golden age stars are circling this one, and a strong cast should be set soon.

For Melfi, this comes after he made a deal to develop for Sony Pictures and Chernin Entertainment an adaptation of the J.R. Moehringer memoir The Tender Bar, with Melfi to write the script and direct and Chernin Entertainment’s Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping will produce. Melfi is repped by UTA and Infinity Management International.