BREAKING: Daniel Dubiecki’s Allegiance Theatre has just sold Family Vacation, a script by Eric Reese, to Paramount’s Insurge label. The film is a thriller but they are keeping specifics close to the vest. Dubiecki is producing. Reese is repped by CAA and Gotham.
EXCLUSIVE: Olivia Wilde, Jason Sudeikis, Brie Larson and Fred Armisen will star in Relanxious, a relationship comedy that marks the directorial debut of writer Christopher Storer. The film will be produced by Daniel Dubiecki, who recently launched The Allegiance Theater; and Lorene Scafaria, writer/director of the upcoming Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. Relanxious will shoot this summer in Chicago.
Wilde plays Barrett, an anxiety-ridden woman who meets and is smitten with George. Played by Sudeikis, George is agoraphobic and so their courtship is limited to phone conversations in which they discuss the dates they would go on if their phobias didn’t stand in the way. As the fantasies develop, the two must decide if they can put aside their fears in order to find real-life romance. Larsen plays Barrett’s sister, and Armisen plays George’s friend and only contact with the outside world. Wilde recently wrapped the Steve Carell-Jim Carrey comedy Burt Wonderstone, while Saturday Night Live castmember Sudeikis starred in Horrible Bosses. Larsen is in 21 Jump Street and Sudeikis’ fellow SNL castmember Armisen is moonlighting on the IFC series Portlandia. WME packaged the film.
EXCLUSIVE: Daniel Dubiecki has launched The Allegiance Theater, a company designed to create a haven where talent and financiers can hatch film and TV projects. The company gets off the ground with a privately-backed overhead and development fund to generate character-driven, commercially appealing stories, said Dubiecki. As Jason Reitman’s close collaborator, he produced Up In The Air and was exec producer of Juno and co-producer of Thank You For Smoking.
“The idea behind The Allegiance Theater is that it is a destination for artists and financiers, where both the artists’ vision and the financiers’ investments are protected,” Dubiecki said. “In my experience, when the audience is considered during the development and production of a film, higher-quality movies are made and the chances for success in the marketplace are higher.”
Money Monster is the first project. It’s financed by IM Global and will be produced by Dubiecki and Stuart Ford, The script’s by National Treasure scribe Jim Kouf and Alan DiFiore, Kouf’s partner on Grimm. In the drama, Lee Gates is a TV personality whose insider trading tips have made him the money guru of Wall Street. When Kyle, a viewer who lost all of his family’s money on a bad tip from Lee, holds Lee hostage on air, ratings soar as the entire country tunes in to this media frenzy to find out just how much a man’s life is worth. The film will shoot this summer.
Other projects on the slate include: