Lea Thompson out for 'Malice'

Howard Deutch will direct dramedy; Elevate developing

"Caroline in the City" star Lea Thompson and "The Whole Ten Yards" director Howard Deutch have teamed for "A Town Called Malice," a dramedy in development at production/management company Elevate Entertainment.

Thompson is attached to star and Deutch to direct the project, written by Erin Maher and Kaye Reindl ("Moonlight").

It centers on a former rock 'n roll star (Thompson) who returns to her hometown with her estranged teenage daughter after her husband self-destructs during a comeback concert. Faced with the loss of the family fortune, the two must rebuild their lives as well as their relationship in the small town Mom ran away from when she was 16.

Elevate, which is set to produce the potential series, will shop it to TV outlets.

Deutch, who most recently directed "My Best Friend's Girl" for Lionsgate, is repped by ICM. Thompson is repped by Innovative and manager Gordon Gilbertson.

Reindl and Maher are repped by Paradigm and Elevate.