Lucas, Friedman set in 'Motion'


CANNES -- Director Craig Lucas and screenwriter Elyse Friedman have signed on to the Matthew Perry, Ben Foster and Hilary Swank comedy "Laws of Motion."

Lucas, best known as the writer of "Prelude to a Kiss," "The Secret Lives of Dentists" and "Longtime Companion," wrote and directed the 2005 drama "The Dying Gaul." His upcoming projects include writing an Timothy Leary biopic for Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way and Elkins Entertainment. Friedman previously wrote the Pantheon Entertainment indie comedy "Suddenly Naked." Lucas is repped by Gersh Agency. Friedman is repped by Media Talent Group.

The movie centers on an uptight professor (Perry) struggling with a repressive career and community, as well as headaches caused by his free-spirited brother and sister. Swank will take on a supporting role as the perfectionist neighbor of Perry's character.

Plum Pictures partners Daniela Taplin, Celine Rattray, Galt Niederhoffer, Jana Edelbaum of Ideal Partners Film Fund and Hilary Swank Prods. are producing the project. Plum is launching the project after the top Sundance Film Festival sale of "Grace Is Gone" to the Weinstein Co. "Motion" begins a Connecticut shoot this July, with plans for a fall 2008 release.

GreeneStreet Films International is handling international sales in the Festival de Cannes market. GSFI's Ariel Veneziano negotiated the acquisition deal with Ideal partners' Edelbaum. Other GSFI films being sold at Cannes include "The Nines" starring Ryan Reynolds, "Tenderness" starring Russell Crowe, and "Wedding Daze" starring Isla Fisher and Jason Biggs, due for a domestic MGM release this summer.