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Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton are set to share the screen for the first time in over two decades, since 1996’s First Wives Club, in the multigenerational comedy Family Jewels from New Republic Pictures.
They will play three women forced to spend the Christmas holidays together, along with their kids and grandkids, after the man they were all once married to drops dead in a New York City department store.
Screenwriter Peter Hoare penned the movie, which is eyeing a production start date for later this year. New Republic principals Brian Oliver and Bradley Fischer will produce, along with Alan Nevins. Tracey Nyberg will executive produce.
“The chemistry of Diane, Bette and Goldie is unmatched and irresistible, and I’m thrilled to help reunite them onscreen for generations of fans,” Fischer said Thursday in a statement.
Added Oliver: “This movie fits perfectly in our plan to finance and produce four to six major studio theatricals a year and puts movie stars back where they ought to be: on the big screen.”
Commented Nevins: “Brad and I always wanted Peter for this project, but he was constantly busy. To our great joy, after the Cannes sale, we were able to get the three of us united. I, and the public, have waited many years for these three ladies to star in another film together.”
Hoare, who is repped by Brillstein and Goodman Genow, is behind the screenplay for the Chris Hemsworth and Tiffany Haddish comedy Down Under Cover, which sold out of last year’s Cannes Film Market.
Keaton is repped by WME and Pearlman & Tishbi; Midler is with CAA and Morra Brezner; and Hawn is repped by ICM, Untitled and Jackoway Tyerman.
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