Shelly's widower will tell her 'Stories'

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Adrienne Shelly, writer-director of the 2007 Fox Searchlight hit "Waitress," left behind another screenplay before she died that her widower will develop and produce.

The project, "The Morgan Stories," is a multigenerational family drama that revolves around three sisters and follows them through several decades. Shelly widower Andy Ostroy, who launched All for A Films to maintain and further his wife's legacy, said he believes it to be Shelly's best script.

"It's a little bigger than some of her other work," he said, speaking from the New York office of Ostroy/Lenardi, the marketing firm he owns. "If Adrienne's previous movies were comedies with a little bit of drama, this is a drama with a little bit of comedy."

Ostroy and producing partner Michael Roiff of Night and Day Pictures could again team on the project, though both stressed it was still early.

The pair recently completed producing another post- "Waitress" project based on a Shelly script, "Serious Moonlight," a dark comedy about a wife who duct-tapes her husband in the bathroom just as burglars arrive. Cheryl Hines is making her directorial debut on the independently financed picture, which will star Timothy Hutton and Meg Ryan. The movie makes its world premiere next month at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Ostroy said he has talked to a number of studios about distribution — he took exactly the same meetings before production and after the film was completed to replicate what Shelly would have done — but wants to wait until the premiere before making a deal.

Ostroy launched All for A Films after his wife, a writer-actress known for her roles in Hal Hartley's movies, was murdered in her West Village office in 2006. "Waitress," which Shelly directed, wrote and starred in, basically was complete. It went on to be a hit at Sundance, where Searchlight bought it and, later that spring, turned it into a $22 million breakout. (Shelly's killer recently received a long prison sentence.) (partialdiff)
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