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.
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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 »
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.
EXCLUSIVE: 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.
Fey 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 »
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.
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.