BREAKING: Filmmaking team Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini have made deals to rewrite and direct My Beautiful Coma, the Chris Downey-scripted drama for Mandalay and Brett Ratner’s Rat Entertainment. Mandalay’s Matthew Rhodes and Cathy Schulman will produce, along with Ratner. Rat Entertainment’s John Cheng will executive produce, as will Bobby Sabelhaus. Mandalay Vision senior veep Jennifer Berman will oversee it and have a producing credit as well. The comedy is about an estranged couple who, after a car accident, find themselves side by side in comatose states. While sleeping, they each escape into their own alternate-reality where they are able to live out their every whim and fantasy, free of the banal details of real life. But when they mysteriously cross over into each other’s coma-worlds, all bets are off.
Mandalay Vision president Rhodes said “Shari and Bob’s talents are a perfect fit for this film’s broad appeal and innovative storytelling. My Beautiful Coma is a commercial comedy with an utterly unique visual style, and I can’t imagine anyone who would bring it to life with more fun and finesse than Shari and Bob.” Springer Berman & Pulcini, who last helmed the Kristen Wiig-starrer Girl Most Likely, are repped by Anonymous Content’s Adam Shulman and CAA. They were Oscar-nominated for scripting American Splendor.
EXCLUSIVE: Mandalay Vision and Vertigo Entertainment are in early talks with Ryan Reynolds to star in The Voices, a psychological thriller that will be directed by Marjane Satrapi from a script by Paranormal Activity’s Michael R. Perry. The script made the Black List, and Satrapi got an Oscar nom for Best Animated Feature for her first film Persepolis, adapted from her semi-autobiographical novel. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Mandalay Vision and Vertigo Entertainment will team on The Voices, a psychological thriller that will be directed by Marjane Satrapi from a script by Paranormal Activity’s Michael R. Perry. The script made the Black List, … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Mandalay Vision has set Julian Jarrold to helm Exit 147, an indie thriller scripted by Travis Milloy. Cathy Schulman and Matthew Rhodes are producing for Mandalay Vision with Lenny Beckerman. Mandalay Vision is independently financing the film for a … Read More »
Mandalay Pictures is moving its prestige pic division Mandalay Vision from New York to Los Angeles and has named Matthew Rhodes its new Vision president. At the same time, Mandalay owner Peter Guber and president Cathy Schulman have locked a new two-year funding deal with Tim Smith’s Prescience, financier of … Read More »
Phase 4 Films has acquired domestic rights to Another Happy Day, writer-director Sam Levinson’s dark comedy about a dysfunctional family that won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The film — starring Ellen Barkin, Demi … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Celine Rattray is leaving her post as president of Mandalay Vision to partner with Trudie Styler in the launch of Maven Pictures, a Gotham-based film development, production and financing company. The Maven partners hope to produce three to five … Read More »