EXCLUSIVE: Kat Coiro has been set to direct Here Lies Bridget, an adaptation of the Paige Harbison novel. Galgos Entertainment is putting the project together. Coiro directed Life Happens, which stars Kate Bosworth, Rachel Bilson and Krysten Ritter. That film premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival and opens in theaters March 30, 2012. Coiro is currently finishing up post on her second feature, While We Were Here. After narcissistic mean girl Bridget Duke crashes her car and ends up in limbo, she must confront the people she has bullied, degraded and belittled, all of whom must decide if she goes to heaven or hell. The book offers insight into the wild thoughts and actions of privileged teens.
Galgos Entertainment partners Russell Nuce and Mark Bozek have acquired screen rights to Here Lies Bridget, the debut novel by 21-year old author Paige Harbison. The book’s being published on January 25 by Harlequin Teen. The heroine, Bridget Duke, rules her high school but when she crashes her car and ends up in limbo, she must confront the people she has wronged, all of whom want her to go to hell. The outcome of these meetings will decide her final destination. The producers are going into production on the Halle Berry-starrer Shoe Addicts Anonymous, which is based on the novel by Beth Harbison — Paige’s mother. Deal was made by the Jane Rotrosen Agency.
EXCLUSIVE: Halle Berry has committed to lead an ensemble cast in Shoe Addicts Anonymous, an adaptation of the bestselling St. Martin’s Press novel by Beth Harbison. Directing is Paul Weiland, the British helmer whose film credits include Made of Honour and whose TV work includes the series Mr. Bean and Blackadder: Back & Forth.
The comedy looks at the lives of four Chicago women from different ethnic backgrounds, bonded by two things. They are shoe addicts who wear the same size. They form a support group, swap 7.5s and become—wait for it—sole sisters. Eventually their bond goes beyond footwear. Berry will play an agoraphobe who feeds her addiction with online footwear purchases. The film’s her first comedy since Bulworth.
The script was written by Kristen Buckley & Brian Regan (How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days), the film’s produced by Galgos Entertainment’s Russell Nuce and Mark Bozek, and Parallel Media’s Raymond Markovich and Arcadiy Golubovich. Parallel is financing the film and handling foreign sales. No domestic distributor yet. They are about to cast the other actresses.
Berry will make the film before she stars on Broadway in Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop, which is being directed by Fences helmer Kenny Leon. She plays a hotel maid who delivers a meal to Martin Luther King Jr., on the evening before he’s assassinated.