SPC sublets Holofcener pic; 3 new tenants
EmptySony Pictures Classics has boarded Nicole Holofcener's new dramatic comedy, and Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt and Rebecca Hall have joined the film's cast.
SPC will finance, produce and distribute the movie, which Holofcener wrote and will direct, in most worldwide territories as well as the U.S. Anthony Bregman ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind") is producing through his Likely Story banner; Holofcener and Bregman collaborated at This Is That, the producer's former shingle.
Svensk releasing the movie in Scandinavia and Village Roadshow in New Zealand and Australia through a Likely Story output deal.
The untitled project — described as a tale of family, death and real estate — is set to start shooting in New York in mid-May and aims to wrap ahead of a potential SAG strike.
The deal reprises the partnership between Holofcener and SPC, which financed and distributed the writer-director's previous effort, the Jennifer Aniston-starring female-friendship saga "Friends With Money." That movie went on to become indie darling Holofcener's most profitable to date, earning almost $14 million at the domestic boxoffice.
Catherine Keener, who starred in "Money," also stars in the new film, which revolves around a woman and her husband (Platt) who live next door to an elderly woman whose New York apartment the couple owns. Keener and her husband essentially are waiting for the elderly woman to die so they can reclaim the apartment but run into interference from — and then form a relationship with — the woman's granddaughters (Peet and Hall).
The movie will be set and shot in New York, the first Holofcener project based in the city since 1996's "Walking and Talking."
Several roles haven't been cast, including the part of the grandmother and of Keener's daughter.
SPC is coming off an active period in which it bought a number of Sundance films, including the Duplass brothers' "Baghead," the Courtney Hunt immigration drama "Frozen River" and Jonathan Levine's New York coming-of-age saga "The Wackness."
Peet is set to appear in a number of high-profile projects, including the new big-screen sequel to "The X-Files" and the crime drama "Real Men Cry," opposite Ethan Hawke. Platt and Hall both star in the period political movie "Frost/Nixon"; Platt also is in Harold Ramis' comedy "Year One," while Hall will appear in Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona."