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Warner Bros Lands Nancy Meyers Comedy ‘The Intern’ With Reese Witherspoon & Robert De Niro

By | Wednesday November 20, 2013 @ 5:26pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros has acquired worldwide distribution rights on The Intern, the north of $35 million budget comedy that Nancy Meyers wrote and will direct as her next film. This is the one that got shopped at last week’s AFM by Lotus. In this configuration, Worldview was out when the Warner Bros deal got done. Meyers will produce with Scott Rudin. In the film, Witherspoon will play the founder of a highly successful fashion website who is prompted to take part in her company’s Senior Intern Program. She is assigned a 70ish widower who shows up with a suit and a briefcase. Turns out he ran his own successful business before retiring. What starts initially as a clash between old-world and new-world business values grows into something more as the intern becomes a mentor to the young entrepreneur.

Related: AFM: Worldview To Finance Hot Spec Package ‘The Intern’

The prospect of Meyers making this movie at that budget level generated excitement among distributors, and The Weinstein Company and Universal also gave chase. Read More »

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AFM: Worldview To Finance Hot Spec Package: Nancy Meyers To Helm ‘The Intern’; Robert De Niro, Reese Witherspoon To Star

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: In a fast-mobilizing package at AFM, Worldview Entertainment has signed on to finance and produced The Intern, a new original comedy scripted and to be directed by Nancy Meyers. Robert De Niro and Reese Witherspoon are in talks to star. Meyers will produce with Scott Rudin and Worldview CEO Christopher Woodrow and COO Molly Conners. Lotus is selling offshore territories on the $35 million budget film, and CAA is brokering the domestic deal. I hear that three studios are vying for it, with Universal, The Weinstein Company and Warner Bros all in the mix.

Witherspoon will play the founder of a highly successful fashion website who is prompted to take part in her company’s Senior Intern Program. She is assigned a 70ish widower who shows up with a suit and a briefcase. Turns out he ran his own successful business before retiring. What starts initially as a clash between old world and new world business values grows into something more as the intern becomes a mentor to the young entrepreneur. Meyers has shown a generational zeitgeist touch with scripts that include What Women Want, Something’s Gotta Give and It’s Complicated. I’ve heard from some who’ve read it that this one really hits the mark and the modest budget is making it catnip to suitors. Meyers also writes great parts for actors, and this one seems strongly suited to Oscar winners De Niro and Witherspoon, both of whom Meyers hand-picked for the lead roles. Read More »

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Nancy Meyers Exits UK-Set Romantic Comedy She Re-Wrote For Sony

By | Friday September 20, 2013 @ 9:03am PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Nancy Meyers has officially stepped off the directing assignment of the untitled script she set up earlier this year with Sony Pictures. The studio will continue developing the Meyers-penned script and find another director. The pic, known around town as Royal Wedding, focuses on the life of an American young woman, which gets turned upside down when she begins dating a very unlikely young man. The complexities that follow are bigger than both of them. The comedy is set entirely in the UK, the film will have an all British cast with the exception of the female lead.

It was set up with Matt Tolmach producing with Nancy Meyers, who rewrote a screenplay that was originally written by Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber. She previously helmed The Holiday and Something’s Gotta Give for the studio.

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Sony To Make Another Film With Nancy Meyers

By | Monday March 11, 2013 @ 4:06pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Sony Pictures Entertainment has closed a deal with Nancy Meyers to direct an untitled film to be produced by Matt Tolmach and Nancy Meyers, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures, and Hannah Minghella, president of Production for the studio. Meyers rewrote a screenplay that was originally written by Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber.

The deal returns Meyers to Columbia Pictures, where she previously made The Holiday and Something’s Gotta Give.

In the new film, the life of an American young woman gets turned upside down when she begins dating a very unlikely young man. The complexities that follow are bigger than both of them. The comedy is set entirely in the UK, the film will have an all British cast with the exception of the female lead.

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Paramount Lands Nancy Meyers-Tina Fey Comedy ‘The Intern’

By | Friday April 13, 2012 @ 11:00am PDT
Mike Fleming

The Intern Nancy MeyersEXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures is making a deal to finance and distribute The Intern, which Nancy Meyers will direct from her script, with Tina Fey attached to star. Scott Rudin will produce. This follows Deadline’s revelation that Meyers also plans to direct The Chelsea, a dramedy that has Like Crazy‘s Felicity Jones attached to star in a script by Meyers’ daughter, Hallie Meyers-Shyer. It remains to be seen which film goes first, but The Intern will likely get started in the first quarter of 2013, after Fey completes work on another season of 30 Rock.

The Intern Tina FeyFey will play the founder of an e-business with a fashion focus. As her company begins to thrive, she’s told that her company is importing seniors to be interns as a community outreach effort, and she’s getting one. While her first question is whether they are seniors in high school or college, she learns to her horror that she’s getting a real senior, as in senior citizen. The title character, an over-70 widower who is bored with retirement from a middle management career, initially seems like a fossil to his working mother boss, but grows more indispensable. While the boss and internship develop a platonic bond, Meyers tells me that to her this is a love story about the friendship they develop. She has an actor in mind … Read More »

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Nancy Meyers To Helm ‘The Chelsea,’ Scripted By Hallie Meyers-Shyer And Starring Felicity Jones

By | Thursday April 12, 2012 @ 6:21pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Nancy Meyers is juggling a couple projects for her next directing slot. One she has committed to is The Chelsea, a script that was written by Hallie Meyers-Shyer. She is the daughter of Meyers and her ex, filmmaker Charles Shyer. Like Crazy star Felicity Jones is attached to star, and the film is being packaged by Meyers’ reps at WME. It’s described as an ensemble dramedy set in the Chelsea Apartments in New York City. Meyers-Shyer is an up and coming scribe who’s being signed to a blind deal by Universal Pictures. Meyers, who last directed the Meryl Streep comedy It’s Complicated with Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin, will put together cast on the film before it is set up with a distributor. WME reps Meyers and Meyers-Shyer, while CAA reps Jones. The British actress, who won a Gotham Award for her charming performance in Like Crazy, was selected by Warren Beatty to be the young female lead in his Howard Hughes movie, but Beatty is still putting that project together.

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TOLDJA! Nancy Meyers Signs With WME

UPDATES Film Director Nancy Meyers Leaves ICM

The writer and director of It’s Complicated, Something’s Gotta Give, The Holiday, What Women Want, Baby Boom left ICM earlier this week after being repped by Jeff Berg spanning decades.

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Film Director Nancy Meyers Leaves ICM

On the one hand, writer and director Nancy Meyers (It’s Complicated, Something’s Gotta Give, The Holiday, What Women Want, Baby Boom) has been a loyal and longtime Jeff Berg client spanning decades. On the other, she cannot possibly say she hasn’t been well represented. Notoriously not an easy client, Meyers may be headed to WME.

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