STX Signs On for James L. Brooks-Produced Drama (Exclusive)

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Kelly Fremon Craig

Kelly Fremon Craig will make her directorial debut with the coming-of-age drama centered on two high school best friends.

STX Entertainment continues to build up its development slate, adding a coming-of-age drama written by Kelly Fremon Craig.

In the vein of John Hughes film, the story centers on two high school girls who are best friends until one starts dating the other’s older brother.

Director-producer James L. Brooks (As Good As It Gets, Spanglish) is producing, while Craig is set to make her directorial debut with the project, with Brooks serving as a mentor. Brooks has a strong reputation as a mentor to up-and-coming directors; he also worked with Cameron Crowe on Say Anything and Wes Anderson on Bottle Rocket.

Brooks originally bought Craig's spec (then called Besties) for his Gracie Films back in 2011. Part of the deal at the time is that the project would be Craig's directorial debut. The project is currently untitled.

Fremon wrote the script for the 2009 film Post Grad starring Alexis Bledel. She's repped by ICM Partners and Kaplan/Perrone.

STX also has announced several of the films for its slate, including Hunger Games helmer Gary Ross' The Free State of Jones; the adaptation of The Secret in Their Eyes, based on the 2010 Academy Award-winning best foreign language film; and Joel Edgerton's directorial debut.

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