UPDATE: Lakeshore and the actress’ camp are denying she was fired, said producer Gary Lucchesi: “Heigl’s Paradigm agent Norm Aladjem called us last night, saying that Heigl asked to withdraw. There was no drama here.”
EXCLUSIVE: Katherine Heigl this morning withdrew from Adaline, the Lakeshore/Kimmel Entertainment-produced film that was to begin production in March. Word has circulated that there was some acrimony involved — the word racing around Hollywood is she was fired after disagreements with Lakeshore — but both Lakeshore and the actress’ camp are completely denying this. Heigl, they said, recently adopted a daughter, and wasn’t ready to go back to work. The role will be re-cast immediately. “She has made two movies with us and we certainly support her decision,” said Lakeshore partner Gary Lucchesi, a producer of the film. “We were scheduled to shoot mid-March and we hope to achieve that. We are great fans of hers and if this is what she has to do, we respect that.” Heigl starred in The Ugly Truth for Lakeshore and just completed One for the Money, an adaptation of the Janet Evanovich novel. Andy Tennant is directing the film, in which Heigl was to play a woman who should have been killed in a car accident, but was resuscitated by a simultaneous lightning strike that physiologically locked her in her late 20s. Angela Lansbury just signed on to play her daughter. J Mills Goodloe and Sal Paskowitz wrote … Read More »
Give director Andy Tennant credit for thinking outside the box. Faced with having to cast an actress to play the daughter of Katherine Heigl, he chose Angela Lansbury. No, really.
The film is Adaline, the Sidney Kimmel Entertainment?Lakeshore co-production that stars Heigl as the title character. Long ago, she was killed in a car accident, until a simultaneous lightning strike resuscitated her and physiologically locked her in her late 20s. Adaline lives a solitary existence until she meets a man worth losing her immortality to grow old with. Lansbury plays her daughter, who, in her mid-80s, needs her mother’s care as her health declines. J Mills Goodloe and Sal Paskowitz wrote a script that is getting revisions from Allison Burnett. The pic shoots in April and Summit will distribute. Fortitude-repped Lansbury is currently shooting Mr. Popper’s Penguins.
Sidney Kimmel, the schmatta magnate who verged on quitting the movie biz after making a bunch of good indie films that flopped, seems reinvigorated with a new strategy: make every film possible with Katherine Heigl.
Kimmel has joined forces with Lakeshore Entertainment on Adaline, an “epic romance” that will star Heigl, with Andy Tennant directing. This comes as Kimmel and Lakeshore have Heigl set to play bounty hunter Stephanie Plum in One for the Money, with Julie Anne Robinson directing the adaptation of the Janet Evanovich novel, with Lionsgate distributing. Adaline, written by Mills Goodloe and Sal Paskowitz and revised by Allison Burnett, revolves around a beautiful woman who hasn’t aged in 100 years but hasn’t found love, either. She finally meets that guy who might be worth embracing mortality, and all the wrinkles and sagging that comes with it. Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin and Alix Madigan are producing with Kimmel and Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi. Heigl, Nancy Heigl and Jim Tauber are exec producers. They hope to shoot early next year.