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March 21, 2012 • Category: Role Rumors
Comments Off on Reese Witherspoon Picks Up ‘Pennyroyal’s Princess Boot Camp’
Pacific Standard, the new banner formed by Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea, has picked up the rights to a children’s book series titled Pennyroyal’s Princess Boot Camp.
The books hail from M.A. Larson, who once was an assistant to Mike Nichols and now works in animation.
Witherspoon will produce the adaptation with Papandrea and is attached to play a supporting role.
Princess Boot Camp is described as is a modern fairy tale about a school that shapes girls into warrior princesses to battle against an ever-growing terror of wicked witches.
The first book in the series is the debut novel by Larson, a Minnesota native who studied filmmaking at the University of Miami and became Nichols’ assistant when the legendary producer-director-writer was working on Angels in America, Closer and the Broadway musical Spamalot. Larson later moved to Los Angeles, where he was a staff writer on Cartoon Network shows and has been writing for such kid-oriented channels as Disney XD, Nickelodeon and Discovery Kids.
Princess Boot Camp recently was picked up by Putnam Children’s as a two-book series.
Pacific Standard is developing the books as a potential franchise. It’s the first official project from the fledgling company.
“Finally, there is a princess story that reflects the values young women truly want to embody,” Witherspoon said. “These princesses are strong, independent and fierce, and the knights are their match. In telling their story, Larson has created a magical universe that everyone will love to get lost in.”
Alexandra Machinist at Janklow & Nesbit Associates brokered the book deal and worked with CAA on the film deal. Larson is repped on the film side by the Brant Rose Agency and Jackoway Tyerman.
March 3, 2012 • Category: Role Rumors
Comments Off on ZDFE Secures Reese Witherspoon Comedy
ZDF Enterprises and Koch Media have landed the rights for the Reese Witherspoon comedy Rule #1 for distribution in Germany and Austria.
Rule #1 was purchased from Foresight Unlimited and distribution throughout theaters is set for next year. The film stars Reese Witherspoon (Legally Blonde, Pleasantville, Walk the Line) as a woman who suffers from an obsessive washing and cleanliness disorder that causes her husband to leave her. She finds new love and learns to cope with her bizarre neuroses in order to start a new life. Courtney Hunt (Frozen River) is the director and screenwriter.
Margrit Stärk, the director of acquisitions for feature films at ZDF Enterprises, said, “ZDF Enterprises and Koch Media have already worked together successfully in the DVD area. As both companies are looking to increase their activities in the cinema sector, the continuation of this seasoned partnership makes sense, particularly with such a highly promising project.”
Stefan Kapelari, the COO of Koch Media, added, “We are extremely pleased to expand our cooperation with ZDF Enterprises with this joint commercialization. Both the genre and excellent cast headed by Reese Witherspoon make Rule #1 a movie with huge commercial potential. Our partnership with ZDF Enterprises enables us to lay the foundation for the successful marketing of this feature film.”
March 1, 2012 • Category: Role Rumors
Comments Off on Ryan Murphy Plans ‘One Hit Wonders’ With Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Cameron Diaz, Beyonce And Andy Samberg
In a seven-figure preemptive deal, Sony Pictures is collaborating with Ryan Murphy on One Hit Wonders, a musical comedy pitch that will be written as a star vehicle for Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Cameron Diaz, Beyonce and Andy Samberg.
Murphy is attached to direct, and he will write the script with his Glee cohorts Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan. Murphy will produce with Paltrow (who has practically become a Glee cast member) and the latter makes her debut as a producer on this film. Murphy hopes to direct it after he completes The Normal Heart.
Paltrow, Witherspoon and Diaz will play three singers who each scored a top hit song in the 1990s before watching their careers go down the drain. They decide to form a super group. Samberg and his Lonely Island cohorts will be involved in generating music for the film, I’m told. The project came out of a dinner Murphy had at the Soho House with Paltrow, Diaz and Witherspoon. They wanted to do something fun together and kicked around ideas until they settled on One Hit Wonders. Murphy, who made Eat Pray Love with Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal, took the pitch to her. Pascal bought it 10 minutes in. They are working the deals right now. Murphy previously made a big deal with Sony for a follow-up picture he’ll direct with Julia Roberts starring. Sony’s Elizabeth Cantillon and Hannah Minghella will steer the project.
UPDATE: Beyonce’s camp says that she isn’t attached to One Hit Wonders, so perhaps this was a bit of over-exuberance on the part of the filmmakers. Still a crazy good cast if you ask me.
February 8, 2012 • Category: Role Rumors
Comments Off on Update on Rule #1
Late last year it was reported that Reese would star in and co-produce a new movie entitled Rule #1, and today ScreenDaily.com report that the movie is being prepped to be sold at the European Film Market:
Foresight Unlimited has added two new Emmett/Furla productions to its slate: Courtney Hunt’s romantic comedy Rule #1 starring Reese Witherspoon and Baltasar Kormakur’s action comedy 2 Guns starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg.
Brian O’Shea of The Exchange will be helping to sell the projects here at EFM.
For Rule #1 Randall Emmett and George Furla are producing with Brad Epstein of Panther and Reese Witherspoon through her Type A Films. Witherspoon will star as a woman with OCD who takes in a young woman and her newborn baby.
2 Guns, a $90m project being financed with Universal (which will release in the US) starts shooting on June 1 in New Mexico and Louisiana. Producers are Emmett, Furla and Marc Platt.
Envision Entertainment’s Stepan Martirosyan and Remington Chase are executive producing both. Envision has a fund set up with Emmett/Furla.
2 Guns is based on Blake Masters screenplay, adapted from the Steven Grant graphic novel, about a DEA agent and an undercover intelligence officer who are investigating each other and are both being watched by the mob.
Foresight Unlimited’s Mark Damon and Tamara Stuparich De La Barra will be offering both films to international buyers during the European Film Market.
January 23, 2012 • Category: Role Rumors
Comments Off on Reese Witherspoon, Ryan Reynolds to Star in Tim Burton’s ‘Big Eyes’
Interesting tidbit about this: Reese’s friend Kate Hudson was attached to star in this project many years ago.
Filming is scheduled to begin in the Spring.
Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Reynolds will play Margaret and Walter Keane in an indie biopic about the couple whose art — especially paintings of doe-eyed children — became a pop phenomenon in the 1950s and 1960s.
While their art was reproduced and marketed around the country, their home life was unhappy: Margaret Keane was the artist, but her husband took credit. In fact, it carried Walter Keane’s name, rather than the shy Margaret’s.
When the two divorced, both claimed rights to the paintings. Ultimately — in federal court — Margaret Keane painted a picture to prove that she was, in fact the artist. When the judge asked Walter Keane to paint, he declined, saying his sore shoulder prevented him from painting.
The judge found for Margaret Keane.
Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski wrote and will direct the film. Tim Burton is producing through his Tim Burton Productions. Lynette Howell and Jamie Patricof are producing through their Electric City Entertainment.
Also read: ‘Blue Valentine’ Producers Jamie Patricof and Lynette Howell Launch Indie Production Co.
“We are ecstatic to have this dream cast for our dream project,” the directors said in a written statement. “Walter is a larger-than-life antihero — charming, funny, dangerous, and a little crazy. Ryan will knock it out of the park. As for Reese, she will be perfect as Margaret — soulful, decent, transforming from vulnerability to learning to fight for herself.”
Alexander and Karaszewski know their biopics: They wrote “Ed Wood,” “The People vs. Larry Flint” and Andy Kaufman biopic “Man on the Moon.”
With Burton, they’re working on a new version of “The Addams Family.”
“Big Eyes” has been on Alexander and Karaszewski’s to-do list since at least 2009.
November 17, 2011 • Category: Role Rumors
Comments Off on Amy Adams offered “Trouble With The Curve”
A few days ago I posted the news that Reese was being considered for Clint Eastwood’s upcoming film, Trouble With The Curve, and Variety now confirm that Amy Adams has been offered the role. We’ll keep you posted on any further developments!
Eastwood pitches ‘Curve’ to Amy Adams
Clint Eastwood’s next co-star looks to be Amy Adams, who has been offered the role of his estranged daughter by Warner Bros. in “Trouble With The Curve.”
Robert Lorenz, Eastwood’s Malpaso partner, is in talks to make his directorial debut with the Warner Bros. pic written by Randy Brown.
Story centers on Eastwood’s character, an aging baseball scout who’s losing his sight and decides to take a road trip to Atlanta with his daughter to check out a hot prospect. Malpaso will produce.
Michele Weissler, who brought the project to Malpaso, will also have some producing duties.
The studio was waiting for Eastwood’s deal to close before looking for the female lead, but sources say that Sandra Bullock and Adams were being eyed from the beginning.
Bullock’s schedule is full, so the studio focused on Adams, but her schedule also looks busy.
Adams can be seen next in Disney’s “The Muppets,” which bows Nov. 23, and she is currently filming WB’s “Man of Steel.”
She is repped by WME and Brillstein Entertainment.
November 13, 2011 • Category: Role Rumors
Comments Off on Sandra Bullock Won’t Have ‘Trouble With The Curve,’ But Amy Adams & Reese Witherspoon Being Eyed
With “J. Edgar” now in theaters (sidenote: don’t believe the vitriolic reviews, it’s uneven, but lots to admire) Clint Eastwood has a bit of free time. His next film is supposed to be “A Star Is Born,” but with the lead star, Beyoncé preggers, production has been put on hold. So what’s he gonna do instead? Take a lead role in “Trouble With The Curve,” the directorial debut of his longtime colleague, friend and Malpaso Productions pal Robert Lorenz. While Sandra Bullock was one of the first names to be looking at the co-starring role, she has moved on and now two more names have surfaced.
Producers are now “considering” Amy Adams and Reese Witherspoon for the role, but whether that means they’re still on a list in someone’s desk or being actively pursued is not quite clear. Penned by Randy Brown, the film has a great concept, centering on an aging baseball scout, who is slowly going blind, on a final trip with his daughter to check out a hot prospect. Frankly, either actress could do the role justice, though we may prefer Adams in the part. But both can do drama well, would likely easily go toe to toe with the grizzled Eastwood. Either way, it seems the filmmakers are determined to get an Oscar calibre name alongside Clint.
The project is set up over at Warner Bros., but no word yet on when it might roll.
– indiewire.com via AmyAdamsFan.com
November 13, 2011 • Category: Role Rumors
Comments Off on Reese Witherspoon and Jason Segel to star in “Sex Tape”?
Sony Pictures is starting to get hot and heavy with Sex Tape, the Kate Angelo-scripted comedy that the studio acquired in June in a seven-figure spec deal. The script’s about a married couple, Annie and Jay, who take a night off from their kids, decide to get adventurous and spice things up by making a private sex tape. When they wake up, the tape is gone and they go on a desperate search to find it.
I’m told that Nick Stoller is in talks to direct the film, and that the studio wants Jason Segel and Reese Witherspoon to play the couple. I’ve been hearing this for awhile, and now the offers are going out. The comedy will be produced by Escape Artists partners Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch, who came up with the idea. Stoller co-wrote The Muppets with Segel.
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