'Country Strong' Director Boarding 'Endless Love' Remake

FILM: Shana Feste
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Feste will write and direct "Mermaid: A Twist on the Classic Tale," a dark retelling of "The Little Mermaid" based on a book by Carolyn Turgeon, for Sony. Tobey Maguire and Jenno Topping, who worked with Feste on "Country Strong," are producing.

Shana Feste is in talks to board a new adaptation of the same novel that was turned into a hit 1981 movie starring Brooke Shields and Martin Hewett.

Shana Feste, who wrote and directed 2010’s Country Strong, is in talks to rewrite and direct Endless Love for Universal Pictures. 

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The project is based on the 1979 novel of the same name by Scott Spencer was turned into a 1981 movie that starred Brooke Shields and Martin Hewitt.

Josh Safran wrote an earlier draft of the screenplay. 

Love told the story of two teens all-consuming love for each other. Things go wrong when the boy turns obsessive and concocts a plan to ingratiate himself with the girl’s family by setting her house on fire. The 1981 movie helped make Shields a star and is remembered for its title song by Diana Ross.

Scott Stuber and Pam Abdy of Bluegrass Films, who produced the studio’s Ted and Safe House this year, are attached to produce along with Josh Schwartz  and  Stephanie Savage of Fake Empire (the upcoming Fun Size). Tracy Falco will executive produce.

Feste is represented by CAA, manager Adam Kolbrenner of Madhouse Entertainment and attorney Sean Marks of Myman Greenspan.