EXCLUSIVE: CAA has signed John Requa & Glenn Ficarra, the emerging writer-director-producer team that just wrapped the Will Smith-Margot Robbie grifter tale Focus for Warner Bros. Requa & Ficarra produced that film through their Zaftig Films banner alongside Denise DiNovi.
Requa and Ficarra, who were repped by WME, made their directing debut on the Jim Carrey-starrer I Love You Phillip Morris. They followed by helming Crazy, Stupid, Love, the comedy that starred Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore and Emma Stone, which grossed $142 million worldwide. They got on the map writing the hit black comedy Bad Santa, which starred Billy Bob Thornton and John Ritter. They have several projects percolating, including a film based on the rise and fall of eccentric software wiz John McAfee, who adopted an extreme lifestyle and set up a compound in Belize. After being implicated in the death of a neighbor, McAfee fled the scene. Requa and Ficarra continue to be lawyered by Jeff Frankel of McKuin, Frankel & Whitehead.
EXCLUSIVE: In a competitive situation, CAA has signed Analeigh Tipton, the young actress whose breakthrough came as the babysitter with a crush on Steve Carell in Crazy, Stupid, Love. Tipton most recently starred in Whit Stillman’s Damsels In Distress in a lead role opposite Adam Brody and Greta Gurwig, and in Jonathan Levine’s Warm Bodies. She’ll next be seen in the Max Nichols-directed Two Night Stand. Tipton is managed by Mosaic’s Paul Nelson.
Warner Bros has shifted around its release schedule, moving the Steve Carell-starrer Crazy, Stupid, Love from an April 22, 2011 berth to a summer bow on July 29. Carell stars in the comedy with Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Marisa Tomei and Kevin Bacon. To make room, the studio has pulled the New Line comedy Horrible Bosses from the July 29 date. It is now undated but still slated for a summer release. Warner Bros has set the Russell Brand-Helen Mirren-starrer Arthur for release on April 8, and it pushed Something Borrowed from June 10 to May 6.