EXCLUSIVE: David Permut‘s Permut Presentations and Reunion Pictures have teamed to produce Tracy And Hepburn, a David Rambo-scripted feature about the long love affair between the screen legends Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. Rambo’s credits include CSI and Revolution. The film starts when Tracy and Hepburn meet for the first time at MGM studios before making Woman Of The Year, and tracks their complicated relationship to Tracy’s death that came days after shooting his last scene in Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner. The producers are looking for a director and the right actors to portray the iconic duo. Permut, John Dayton and Lisa Richardson will produce the film with Permut Presentation’s Chris Mangano executive producing with Reunion Pictures’ Tom Rowe and Matthew O’Connor.
Over 27 years, Tracy and Hepburn starred in nine films together, one of Hollywood’s most successful on-screen couples. They were madly in love off screen, and though he never divorced his wife Louise Tracy, he and Hepburn’s love affair was an open secret in Hollywood. Hepburn remained committed to Tracy until his death in 1967, but their relationship suffered from Tracy’s struggles with alcoholism and Catholic guilt. Read More »
Here, the chandelier-shattering legacy of Barbara and Oliver Rose is passed down to their children, Josh and Evie, in a black comedy that focuses on ugly divorce from the vantage point of kids who fall victim to warring parents. Josh marries Victoria, only to see the marriage fall apart over an incident involving missing Milky Way bars; and Evie is a promiscuous over-eater carrying her own shrapnel. The result is deceit, violence and destruction. Permut will produce with Grey Eagle Films, Jonathan Adler and Stephen Greenwald. Chris Mangano will be exec producers. Grey Eagle Films got the film and TV rights to all of Adler’s novels, and newly monied Permut Presentations is financing development, and is currently seeking a scribe. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Get Low helmer Aaron Schneider has been set to direct The Conscientious Objector for Walden Media. The film tells the true story of Desmond Doss, the first conscientious objector in American history to win the Congressional Medal of Honor. Doss served in WWII, joining the army as a medic. He was ostracized by his fellow soldiers because of his refusal to kill or even carry a gun. He proved his courage, saving 75 men at the Battle of Okinawa. Script was written by Robert Schenkkan, who wrote the Pulitzer-winning play The Kentucky Cycles and whose script credits include The Pacific and The Quiet American. The film is a co-production between Pandemonium and Permut Presentations, and is being produced by Bill Mechanic, David Permut and Terry Benedict (who directed the 2004 documentary bearing the same title). Steve Longi is co-producer.
Schneider, the veteran cinematographer who won the Oscar for his short film Two Soldiers, made his feature debut on Get Low, and he has been very picky about choosing a followup. The Conscientious Objector is the first thing he said yes to direct. He’s repped by CAA and Anonymous Content.
Christina Hendricks, Dermot Mulroney and Modern Family‘s Sarah Hyland have joined the cast of Brian Dannelly’s indie comedy Struck By Lightning, which was penned by Glee star and Emmy nominee Chris Colfer. Allison Janney also stars. The story opens with Colfer’s character being struck and killed by lightning, and in flashbacks he chronicles his exploits as he blackmails his fellow classmates into contributing to his literary magazine. Production in underway. David Permut is producing with Rob Aguire and Mia Chang. Colfer and his manager Glenn Rigberg executive produce with Jason Michael Berman. Permut Productions’ Steve Longi, Camellia Entertainment’s Monica Aguirre Diez Barroso and Mark Moran co-produce.
Colfer is a busy guy. He recently penned a pilot for Disney Channel, The Little Leftover Witch, based on the children’s book of the same name, and will also publish two books with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers that will be released in summer 2012. He is repped by Coast to Coast and Inphenate. Hendricks is repped by CAA and Kritzer Levine Wilkins Griffin, Mulroney by ICM and Jackoway Tyerman, Hyland by WME and Richard Konigsberg Management.
EXCLUSIVE: Robert Forster has been signed to play Ronald Reagan in The Lifeguard: Ronald Reagan and His Story, a one-man stage play written by David Rambo to be directed by Tony Award winner Peter Hunt. The play is being produced by David Permut and Mark Travis, with Merry-Kay and Steven Poe. Permut and Travis plan to follow the template they established with James Whitmore and Give ‘Em Hell Harry. That Harry Truman story was first mounted as a stage show that toured the country, and it was filmed and released as a theatrical feature in 1975. Hunt directed Whitmore in that role. Rehearsals start March 1 for the Reagan play. The producers are booking the tour now, with the hope they will end up on Broadway, where the performance will be filmed. Even though studios turned down Give ‘Em Hell Harry, the producers were able to book the film directly with exhibitors, which began showing the film three weeks after it was shot. Whitmore was nominated for an Oscar for his performance as Truman, and the $100,000 budget film grossed over $10 million. The producers did even better when they followed the same strategy with Richard Pryor Live in Concert, which grossed over $30 million.
Rambo is the CSI writer whose plays include God’s Man in Texas, The Ice Breaker and The Lady with All the Answers. The Lifeguard covers Reagan’s … Read More »