EXCLUSIVE: Nick Frost (The World’s End), Hope Davis (Louder Than Words) and Adelaide Clemens (Rectify) have been set to star in the black comedy Look Away, in which Clemens will play a young woman suffering from so-called “selective blindness” that leaves her unable to see her own mother (Davis). In search of a cure, she sees a therapist (Frost), who’s in love with her and, having Asperger’s, is unable to empathize. Music video and commercial vets Monty Whitebloom and Andy Delaney, who go by the directing duo moniker of Big TV!, are helming from a script by Jennifer Schuur (Big Love). Project is produced by Lucy Barzun Donnelly and Alexandra Kerry for Locomotive, coming off their recent films Friends With Kids and HBO’s Golden Globe winning Grey Gardens telefilm. Big Love producer Peter Friedlander is exec producing Look Away, which begins filming in August in New York’s Hudson Valley. Frost is repped by UTA and Hamilton Hodell in the UK. Davis is repped by UTA and Kipperman Management. Clemens is repped by UTA and The Artists Partnership in the UK.
Hope Davis and Margarita Levieva are set as the female leads opposite Gavin Stenhouse in the NBC drama pilot Coercion. Based on the Israeli format The Gordin Cell, the project hails from Universal Television and Keshet Media Group, which is behind the original series. Written-directed by George Nolfi, the high-octane thriller revolves around the O’Connor family and their extremely intelligent son, Alex (Stenhouse), a decorated American war hero and newly minted CIA analyst who is a true patriot and loves his country and family. Unbeknownst to him, his father, his mother (Davis) and his sister (Levieva) are part of a dormant Russian sleeper cell that has just been reactivated. Davis’ Katya is described as your average Brooklyn mother who, under the surface, is sexy, dangerous, tough, smart and ready to do anything to protect her family. Levieva’s Natalie is also described as sexy and tough, often too smart for her own good and a bit of a wild child. All O’Connors will speak some Russian, which will come natural to Levieva, who was born and grew up in the Russian part of Soviet Union before emigrating with her family to the U.S. at age 11 when, also appropriately for the show, they settled in Brooklyn, NY. Levieva, repped by UTA and Silver Lining, is coming off a two-year stint on ABC’s Revenge as faux Amanda Clarke and recently …
Hope Davis (In Treatment) has been tapped for CBS‘ drama pilot The Ordained, executive produced by Frank Marshall. Directed by RJ Cutler from a script by Lisa Takeuchi Cullen, Ordained centers on Tom Reilly (Charlie Cox), the son of a Kennedy-esque family who leaves the priesthood and becomes a lawyer at a top New York firm to prevent his politician sister Packy (Davis) from being assassinated. Packy is a first-term mayor of New York City who’s just announced her bid for re-election — big of heart, loud of mouth, spine of iron. Davis recently recurred on HBO’s The Newsroom.
EXCLUSIVE: David Duchovny, Hope Davis, and Timothy Hutton are starring in After The Fall, a film that is just getting underway in Connecticut. Scripted by Carroll Cartwright (What Maisie Knew), the film is being directed by Anthony Fabian (Skin) and produced by Anthony Mastromauro’s Identity Films.
The film is based on the true story of John and Brenda Fareri, grieving parents who used the unexpected death of their young daughter Maria as the impetus to build a world class state of the art children’s hospital where families are welcomed into the healing process. It has become the template for facilities that are more inclusive of the families of ailing kids.
“John and Brenda Fareri are truly extraordinary people,” said Mastromauro, whose Identity Films just wrapped the Claire Danes-James Mardsen-starrer As Cool As I Am. Duchovny and Davis play the parents, while Hutton plays Komiske, who helped them obtain funds for the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital.
EXCLUSIVE: Hope Davis has landed a role in the Disconnect, the Henry Alex Rubin drama that also stars Alexander Skarsgard, Max Theriot, Andrea Riseborough, Frank Grillo, Paula Patton and Jason Bateman. The story, written by Andrew Stern, revolves around disparate lives that intertwine as the digital technologies intended to bring people closer together push families further apart. Davis, who will be onscreen this weekend in Disney’s Real Steel, will play a woman coping with her son’s attempted suicide while simultaneously trying to find her own identity. She is repped by UTA and Kipperman Management.
RJ Cutler, director of the Anna Wintour documentary The September Issue, has optioned the rights to Rudolph Delson’s 2007 novel Maynard & Jennica, which he will adapt to direct as a feature. Maynard & Jennica is romantic comedy about a Gotham-based filmmaker who meets and has a relationship with a California transplant with stars in her eyes. In the book, the romance is told by 35 first-person narrators, ranging from friends to a macaw to dead ancestors. Cutler is currently executive producing Spring/Fall for HBO, which stars Tea Leoni, Hope Davis, Sigourney Weaver and Stockard Channing and is currently filming its pilot episode in New York. He is also developing as a feature Fabulous Nobodies, an adaptation of the Lee Tulloch novel. Cutler is represented by CAA and Mosaic.
EXCLUSIVE: I’m told that Sony Pictures Classics partners Michael Barker and Tom Bernard are tying up a deal to acquire US rights to God Of Carnage, the Roman Polanski-directed feature adaptation of Yasmina Reza’s Tony-winning play. Polanski shot the film in Paris, with Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly starring.
This is just one of several plum pictures currently being shopped for distribution. Others include the Phyllida Lloyd-directed Margaret Thatcher pic The Iron Lady with Meryl Streep starring (the ask is $7 million for US rights), and the Paolo Sorrentino-directed This Must Be The Place, starring Sean Penn as a bored, retired rock star who tries to find his father’s killer, an ex-Nazi war criminal hiding in the U.S.
Back to God of Carnage. It’s a strong cast, and counting Polanski, everyone has won Oscars except Reilly, who has been nominated. The plot: two sets of parents meet after their kids brawl in the schoolyard, and get along worse than the kids did. The Broadway show ran 452 performances with roles originated by James Gandolfini, Marcia Gay Harden, Jeff Daniels and Hope Davis. ICM packaged the film and is making the distribution deal.
EXCLUSIVE: Hope Davis is set to star opposite Tea Leoni in HBO’s half-hour comedy pilot Spring/Fall. Jake Kasdan has come on board to direct the project, which is set in New York City against the backdrop of the fashion world and centers on the dysfunctional partnership between Margo (Leoni) and Eden (Davis), two women with different approaches to career, family and friendship. Margo is a successful designer and a happily married mother of 5-year-old twins working for famous fashion designer Victor Cross. When he commits suicide, Margo takes over his line and quickly realizes she’s in over her head, so she reaches out to her estranged former best friend and collaborator Eden, a onetime famous fashion designer herself, and convinces her to come work for her.
With a foot of snow on my Long Island doorstep, it’s already easy to envy anyone in Los Angeles. Now, the original cast of Yasmina Reza’s Tony-winning play God of Carnage has agreed to reunite for a six-week run at the Center Theatre Group’s Ahmanson Theatre from April 5 through May 15. Opening night is April 13. Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, James Gandolfini and Marcia Gay Harden will star. They were all nominated for Tonys when they opened the show on Broadway. Harden won and so did director Matthew Warchus, who’s also back with producers Stuart Thompson and Robert Fox. The show ended its Broadway run last June, with Dylan Baker, Daniels, Lucy Liu and Janet McTeer taking the final bows.
Roman Polanski is about to get underway with the feature adaptation in Paris. John C. Reilly stars with Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz in the drama about two sets of parents who meet after their kids brawl in the schoolyard, and get along worse than the kids.
Myriad Pictures has acquired offshore rights to the Vivi Friedman-directed comedy The Family Tree. Scripted by Mark Lisson, the pic stars Hope Davis, Dermot Mulroney, Selma Blair, Christina Hendricks, Max Thieriot, Jane Seymour, Rachael Leigh Cook and Bow Wow. Davis plays a restless housewife who bumps her head during an illicit encounter with her next door neighbor and loses her memory. Allan Jones, J. Todd Harris, Kathy Weiss and Mark Lisson produced it. Myriad will screen the pic at AFM and shop it. IP Advisors sold the pic and is brokering North American rights.
Susan Sarandon is the latest addition to the pilot from writer John Logan and director Kathryn Bigelow. She is among several actors tapped for guest-staring/potential recurring roles on the pilot starring Norbert Leo Butz, Frank Langella and Hope Davis, which started filming today in New York. The Miraculous Year is described as an exploration into a high-powered New York family: Terry Segal (Butz), A wildly self-destructive and manipulative