Tom Rothman’s TriStar has pre-emptively acquired What Alice Forgot, the 2011 novel from bestselling author Lianne Moriarty, with Oscar-winning director David Frankel (Devil Wears Prada, Marley and Me, Hope Springs) set to helm. Story tracks a woman who wakes up after a head injury with no memory of the last 15 years. She discovers her once-happy life is gone – she’s now a divorced single mother who must decide whether to start over or fix her relationships. Whip It‘s Shauna Cross has been tapped to script the adaptation, which will be produced by Steve Golin, Kerry Kohansky-Roberts, and Rosalie Swedlin. Vincent Sheehan is exec producing for Porchlight Films. Anonymous Content developed and packaged the project and will produce. Moriarty is repped by IPG. Cross is repped by WME and Karl Austen. Frankel is repped by WME and Anonymous Content.
EXCLUSIVE: 1500 youngsters from all over the globe compete each year in the World Championships of Junior Golf. Eight of the pint-sized competitors (including Allan Kournikova, Anna Kournikova’s 7-year-old brother) are the subjects of The Short Game, a SXSW 2013 documentary world premiere. Emmy-winning director Josh Greenbaum previously helmed short projects for Paramount, Sony, Fox, Comedy Central, Funny Or Die, and The Clinton Foundation and enlisted veteran help for his feature-length debut, including award winning producer John Battsek (The Imposter, Searching For Sugar Man) and Oscar-winner David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada, Hope Springs), who executive produced. Composer Mark Mothersbaugh (Rushmore, The Life Aquatic) scored the docu which screens Sunday, March 10 in Austin. Submarine is repping sales. Watch the trailer here:
Deadline told you back in March that Tommy Lee Jones was looking good to star as Meryl Streep’s husband in the David Frankel-directed Great Hope Springs, and now Mandate has confirmed it. Steve Carell also stars. It has shaped up as a strong cast and was one of the hot titles at the Cannes Film Festival market. Deadline revealed last Saturday that Sony Pictures took it off the table for North American distribution with a huge offer. Here is the official announcement:
Los Angeles, CA (May 19, 2011) – Tommy Lee Jones has closed a deal to star in GREAT HOPE SPRINGS, to be directed by David Frankel. The comedy also stars Meryl Streep and Steve Carell. Sony Pictures holds North American distribution rights to the film which will be released in the 4th quarter of 2012. The screenplay by Vanessa Taylor and featured on the prestigious Black List, follows a middle-aged couple who after thirty years of marriage attend an intense counseling weekend to examine the intimacy issues that are threatening their marriage.
EXCLUSIVE: The majority of deal buzz at the Cannes Film Festival market is where the Megan Ellison-financed Wettest County in the World will be dealt for distribution, I’m told the next big deal to come together will be a Sony Pictures acquisition of Great Hope Springs, the David Frankel-directed Meryl Streep comedy from Mandate Pictures. I’ll have to get back to you on whether the studio bought more than domestic distribution rights, [UPDATE: I've heard in the neighborhood of $20 million for North American rights] but it’s being made in Hollywood and I’m told it dwarfs any deal that’ll be made here in Cannes. It’s a film Amy Pascal really wanted on her release schedule.
Streep and Tommy Lee Jones play one half of the troubled couple and Steve Carell plays the marriage therapist who tries to help rekindle their loveless relationship after 31 years of marriage. It’s their last shot before divorce. Vanessa Taylor wrote the script. Escape Artists’ Todd Black and Film 360′s Guymon Casady are producing. Shooting starts in August.
It is the second deal in recent days for a Meryl Streep film, after The Weinstein Company won a bidding battle Friday for Pathe’s The Iron Lady, shortly after buyers were shown five minutes of the film. Streep stars as Margaret Thatcher and Harvey Weinstein intends …
I’m told that Tommy Lee Jones has surfaced as the front-runner to play Meryl Streep’s husband in the David Frankel-directed Great Hope Springs. Mandate Pictures recently set Streep as one half of the troubled couple and Steve Carell to play the marriage therapist who tries to help rekindle their loveless relationship after 31 years of marriage. It’s their last shot before divorce. Vanessa Taylor wrote the script. Escape Artists’ Todd Black and Film 360′s Guymon Casady are producing. Shooting starts in August.
EXCLUSIVE: Steve Carell has begun negotiating to star with Meryl Streep in the David Frankel-directed Great Hope Springs, I’m told. Mandate Pictures is in talks with Carell to play Dr. Feld, a marriage therapist who tries to help a couple rekindle their loveless relationship after 31 years of marriage. Streep plays the wife and Frankel will soon set an actor to play her husband. Vanessa Taylor wrote the script and Steep officially signed on to re-team with The Devil Wears Prada director Frankel earlier this month. Escape Artists’ Todd Black and Film 360′s Guymon Casady are producing. Shooting starts August.
It’s an intriguing role for Carell as he transitions to full time movie acting after leaving the long-running NBC series The Office. Carell’s run ends with the help of pal Will Ferrell, who signed on to play a branch manager over a four-episode arc that will end one episode after Carell’s Michael Scott exits. Carell will do Great Hope Springs next, followed by Burt Wonderstone for New Line. Carell will next be seen starring with Ryan Gosling and Julianne Moore in Crazy, Stupid Love. Dan Fogelman wrote the script and Glenn Ficarra and John Requa directed it, with Warner Bros releasing it July 29. WME and Media Four rep Carell.
Meryl Streep is in final negotiations to star in Great Hope Springs, reuniting with The Devil Wears Prada helmer David Frankel-directed comedy for Mandate Pictures. Streep has been expected since last summer to star in the Vanessa Taylor-scripted comedy about a couple that hits the rocks after 30 years of marriage. They hang their future on an intense counseling weekend. Back when Mike Nichols was eyeing the project, there were rumors that Jeff Bridges might play her mate, but they were unfounded. Mandate is still looking for her mate which shouldn’t be difficult. Who wouldn’t want to play married to Streep, even an unhappy marriage?
EXCLUSIVE: David Frankel, director of The Devil Wears Prada and Marley & Me, has just agreed to direct One Chance, a feature based on the unlikely overnight success story of Paul Potts, a schlubby British cell phone salesman who showed up onstage to sing opera on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent in 2007, and left a hosting panel that included Simon Cowell and Piers Morgan with their jaws on the floor.
Frankel, who just wrapped The Big Year with Jack Black, wants to make this his next film to start production in April. The project was originally set at Paramount, which let it go. With Frankel aboard to direct a script by The Bucket List writer Justin Zackham, producers Brad Weston and Mike Menchel today will go out to financiers looking to secure production financing to make that start date. Frankel’s repped by WME and Anonymous Content’s Rosalie Swedlin. The film is a comedy that follows Potts from his origins as a chubby child to awkward portly adult with a passion for opera, and the various mishaps along the way that kept his spectacular voice a secret until he unveiled it one night before most of the United Kingdom. He has gone on to become a global opera star who tours the world and has sold millions of albums. The picture will likely shoot in Wales and it’s possible that an unknown …
BREAKING: Rosalie Swedlin has left an 11-year run at Industry Entertainment to join Anonymous Content as manager and producer. Current clients making the move with Swedlin include David Frankel, Richard Shepard, Lynn Shelton, Nigel Cole, Kirsten Sheridan, Gary Winick, Michael Engler, Tommy Schlamme, Jane Anderson and John Riggi. Swedlin will also bring several of her film and TV projects with her. Swedlin left ICM to join Industry in 1999, and produced Clockers, Red Corner and the HBO film Live from Baghdad. Swedlin started at CAA.