Kaplan, Elfont scripting 'Sisters' act


Scribe team Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont have been tapped to pen "Sisters of Mercy" for Columbia Pictures and Overbrook Entertainment.

The project, which is being developed as a possible starring vehicle for Will Smith, centers on a widower father who is rescued after his wife's death by members of her book club who soon begin running his life with advice on parenting and dating. Columbia picked up "Mercy" last year as a spec by Steve Bloom.

Smith and James Lassiter are producing for Overbrook alongside Alex Siskin.

Sony's Andrea Giannetti is overseeing for the studio.

Kaplan and Elfont have "Maid of Honor," starring Patrick Dempsey, shooting for Neal Moritz and Columbia and are working on "Bachlorette" for Universal. The duo also wrote and directed "Can't Hardly Wait."

Kaplan and Elfont are repped by CAA and Benderspink. Elfont additionally is repped by the law firm Gretchen Bruggeman Rush, while Kaplan also is handled by attorney Jason Sloane.