Lionsgate has confirmed that it is moving the release of its action comedy One for the Money from this July to Jan. 27, 2012. The film is based on the bestselling novel by Janet Evanovich about a bounty hunter, played by Katherine Heigl.
Summit Entertainment has acquired Unexpected, a pitch comedy that will be written by Ian Deitchman and Kristin Rusk Robinson, based on a treatment by Jennifer Eatz. Todd Garner will produce with Eatz. The writers, who scripted the Katherine Heigl-Josh Duhamel-starrer Life As We Know It, this time focus on a husband and wife who find out they’re expecting their second child. While he’s thrilled, she has reservations because her first pregnancy was tough. After an untimely run-in with an ancient fertility totem, they switch bodies, and he gets to experience the business end of pregnancy.WME and Anonymous Content brokered the deal with attorney David Weber, with Summit production prexy Eric Feig and veep Meredith Milton overseeing.
EXCLUSIVE: Katherine Heigl, not Halle Berry, will be the one smooching Jon Bon Jovi in New Line’s ensemble romantic comedy New Year’s Eve. I’m told Berry has dropped out of the picture, which is just getting underway. Heigl was available because she recently withdrew from Adaline, a film that was supposed to shoot in March from Lakeshore and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment. Her reps said Heigl, who recently adopted her first child, didn’t want to go back to work right away. New Year’s Eve is the perfect job then, because it’s a true ensemble that won’t require a long production commitment from the actress. Heigl had been in early talks for the original film, the Marshall-directed Valentine’s Day, but a deal was never consummated. Losing Berry is a blow, but Heigl’s certainly a draw in the romantic comedy genre. The Garry Marshall-directed film stars Robert De Niro, Sofia Vergara, Russell Peters, Hilary Swank, Ice Cube, Ashton Kutcher, Lea Michele, Michelle Pfeiffer, Zac Efron, Josh Duhamel, Sarah Jessica Parker, Abigail Breslin, Seth Meyers, Jessica Biel and Til Schweiger. Mike Karz and Wayne Rice are producing.
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 …
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.
High profile media stories are harping on Katherine Heigl’s “image problem” during pre-release publicity for her new movie Life As We Know It. As a result, prior to her satellite press tour this morning, TV types were asked to “please keep the questions strictly about the movie and her charity”. But my KTLA pal Sam Rubin ignored that instruction and obtained a moment of clarity from the actress about her reputation vis a vis her career.
Debbie Reynolds, who hasn’t been on camera since Will & Grace in 2006, has been lured back to the screen by Katherine Heigl in One For The Money, the Lakeshore / Sidney Kimmel Entertainment adaptation of the Janet Evanovich novel series. Heigl stars as bounty hunter Stephanie Plum for director Julie Anne Robinson, and Reynolds will play Grandma Mazur, the outspoken and outrageous advisor and maternal grandmother to Heigl’s character. “Grandma Mazur is such a great character,” Heigl said. “She’s really feisty and
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.