Fraser takes role in CBS Films' first


CBS Films has greenlighted its first movie, bringing on Brendan Fraser to star opposite Harrison Ford in a medical drama and setting an early April start date.

Fraser will play John Crowley, the father of two children diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder for which he's told there is no cure. Unbowed, he seeks the help of an experimental and sometimes irascible doctor (Ford) who works to find a way to save the children's lives. The roles of Fraser's wife and kids have not been cast in what CBS is calling its untitled Crowley project.

Michael Shamberg, Stacy Sher and Carla Shamberg will produce via their Double Features banner. Robert Nelson Jacobs penned the screenplay based on Geeta Anand's book "The Cure," and Tom Vaughan ("What Happens in Vegas") is directing. The tale is based on a true story.

CBS Films chief Amy Baer oversaw development of the project at Sony and said she was drawn to its resonance.

"It's an inspirational drama with universally relatable themes," she said. "It's the kind of story where, like an 'Erin Brockovich' or a 'Pursuit of Happyness,' people want to go on the journey because they want to accomplish that for themselves."

Fraser is repped by WMA. (partialdiff)