EXCLUSIVE: Montecito and Paramount have tapped scribes Eyal Podell & Jonathon Stewart to write Juliet, based on the book by Anne Fortier. Tree Line’s Cathy Konrad will produce with Montecito. The project was set up in fall, 2011 for James Mangold to direct. In the book, a young woman learns that the legend of Romeo & Juliet is actually real, and that Shakespeare’s version was simply the most popular retelling. More compelling is that she is Juliet’s direct descendant, but was kept in the dark to protect her. Podell & Stewart are coming on the project hot after having their script Seuss reach the second slot on the latest Black List. They are represented by Verve and Industry Entertainment.
EXCLUSIVE: Jason Fuchs has been signed to write The Clock Without A Face for Paramount and Montecito Picture Company. Inspired by the children’s book, the film centers on the pursuit of the jeweled numerals stolen off a legendary ancient clock which legend has it gives the possessor the ability to control time. Fuchs, who last starred in Holy Rollers opposite Jesse Eisenberg and Justin Bartha and guested on ABC’s Pan Am, has been gaining traction in his writing career. He co-scripted the upcoming Ice Age: Contintential Drift and the Nick Cannon-produced Cinderella reimagining telepic Ragz for Nickelodeon. Fuchs has just been hired by Gold Circle to adapt the supernatural teen thriller Break My Heart 1000 Times, based on the Daniel Waters novel that will be published by Hyperion Books. Set nine years after an apocalyptic event that killed millions and left the world inhabited by ghosts, a teen girl attempts to navigate through ordinary life as she’s haunted by the ghosts of her dead father and a teen boy she never met but who might hold the key to changing everything. Universal will distribute. Gold Circle’s Onset Films has also optioned The Last First Time, a pre-apocalyptic comedy script that Fuchs wrote as a starring vehicle for himself. He’d play a college student who learns the world will end and sets out on a quest to lost his virginity before it does. David Brooks and Dan Clifton are producing. Fuchs …
EXCLUSIVE: New Regency today acquired rights to turn the Jim Henson series Fraggle Rock into a feature film. The property was shopped and caught the interest of studios, before New Regency made the deal for a film that will be produced by The Jim Henson Company and the Montecito Picture Company. The series premiered on HBO in 1983, ran for five seasons and was broadcast in over 80 countries. It revolved around puppet characters Gobo, Wembley, Mokey, Boober and Red, who lived in Fraggle Rock. They interacted with humans who thought they were aliens.
New Regency was recently reconstituted by Arnon Milchan, who brought in Brad Weston to put together a slate of filmmaker-driven films that are mostly geared for adults. However, the Alvin And The Chipmunks franchise has been lucrative for New Regency, and this was an opportunity to add another family film franchise. It is not immediately clear whether the film will use puppets or be a CG/live-action mix. New Regency and the producers are figuring that out now and will set a writer shortly.
EXCLUSIVE: Producer Cathy Konrad and James Mangold’s Tree Line Films will partner with Tom Pollock and Ivan Reitman’s Montecito Picture Company on an adaptation of the Anne Fortier novel Juliet. They’ve set the project at Paramount for Mangold to direct, and with Chad and Dara Creasey (New Line’s Mean Moms) writing the script. Mangold is booked to next direct Wolverine 2 for 20th Century Fox next spring.
The protagonist is a twentysomething woman who learns she is a descendant of one of the feuding families made infamous in Romeo and Juliet. She travels to Italy and discovers that the 600-year-old curse is still in effect and her fate is tied to literature’s greatest lovers. Konrad, Pollock, Reitman and Ali Bell will produce.