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Warner Bros Buys Rights To ‘40 Days Of Dating’ Blog; Michael Sucsy To Direct Film

By | Tuesday September 17, 2013 @ 3:10pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: A wild auction has ended with Warner Bros acquiring screen rights to 40 Days Of Dating, a running blog compiled by New York designers Jessica Walsh and Timothy Goodman. It involved the two friends dating each other over 40 days, and chronicling the results with essays and filmed vignettes. The Vow and Grey Gardens helmer Michael Sucsy is attached to direct, and Lorene Scafaria will write the script. Her credits include Nick And Nora’s Infinite Playlist and she most recently wrote and directed Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World. The life rights of Walsh and Goodman are also part of the package. Michael Sugar, Joy Gorman and Bard Dorros are producing for Anonymous Content. Ashley Zalta is co-producer.

The blog was an experiment in romance by two friends who found themselves single at the same time. Walsh is a serial monogamist, while Goodman has commitment issues and dates a lot of girls. They dated exclusively for 40 days to try and overcome their relationship issues. The couple was bound by a set of rules that included the requirement they see each other every day and go on dates three times a week and take one weekend trip together; they also saw a couples therapist each week and agreed to a no outside booty call regimen for the 40 days. They bared all the results each day as they tried to make it … Read More »

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Olivia Wilde And Jason Sudeikis Star In Agoraphobe Meets Anxiety-Prone Hottie In ‘Relanxious’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Olivia Wilde, Jason Sudeikis, Brie Larson and Fred Armisen will star in Relanxious, a relationship comedy that marks the directorial debut of writer Christopher Storer. The film will be produced by Daniel Dubiecki, who recently launched The Allegiance Theater; and Lorene Scafaria, writer/director of the upcoming Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. Relanxious will shoot this summer in Chicago.

Wilde plays Barrett, an anxiety-ridden woman who meets and is smitten with George. Played by Sudeikis, George is agoraphobic and so their courtship is limited to phone conversations in which they discuss the dates they would go on if their phobias didn’t stand in the way. As the fantasies develop, the two must decide if they can put aside their fears in order to find real-life romance. Larsen plays Barrett’s sister, and Armisen plays George’s friend and only contact with the outside world. Wilde recently wrapped the Steve Carell-Jim Carrey comedy Burt Wonderstone, while Saturday Night Live castmember Sudeikis starred in Horrible Bosses. Larsen is in 21 Jump Street and Sudeikis’ fellow SNL castmember Armisen is moonlighting on the IFC series Portlandia. WME packaged the film.

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Focus Features Buys Steve Carell Pic ‘Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World’

Mike Fleming

Focus Features acquired U.S. distribution rights to the Lorene Scafaria-directed Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, which is Steve Carell’s first project since leaving The Office. He stars with Keira Knightley and shooting begins this month in L.A. The premise: the world is ending, and a man heads cross country to reunite with his school age girlfriend for their final days. A friend (Knightley) accompanies him on the road trip and complicates things. Scafaria wrote the script and Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin and Joy Gorman produce with Indian Paintbrush’s Steven Rales and Mark Roybal. The film’s co-financed by Indian Paintbrush and Mandate Pictures, with Mandate’s Nathan Kahane and Nicole Brown exec producing. Lionsgate is handling international sales on the pic.

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Anonymous Content Lands Management Trio To Bolster Talent Roster

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Management/production company Anonymous Content is about to make a major play in the talent game. I’m hearing that Doug Wald is leaving his partnership at Raw Talent, Sandra Chang is leaving as partner at Industry Entertainment, and Tony Lipp is leaving CAA. The trio will lead Anonymous Content’s talent division and create a major infusion of acting clients. It is all taking shape today.

Lipp announced internally on Tuesday that he would leave CAA to be a manager. Wald and Chang dropped the bombshells this morning at their respective management companies. Anonymous has a modest talent business that included four managers and clients like Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright, Katie Cassidy, Omar Epps and Adrianne Palicki (just cast as Wonder Woman). The newcomers will greatly expand that list, and a lot of it is emerging talent. Among the actors already set to join: Sam Worthington, Paul Dano, Emma Stone, Penn Badgley, Anna Faris, Max Minghella, Jack Quaid, Patrick Wilson, Justin Chambers, Jessica Walter, Jaime King, Matt Bomer, John Cleese, Blythe Danner, Jonathan Groff, Mamie Gummer, Nathan Lane, Simon Russell Beale and Stanley Tucci. Read More »

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