One for ages: Uni, Aniston on 'Counter'


Universal Pictures has picked up "Counter Clockwise," a dramedy written by Paul Bernbaum for Jennifer Aniston to produce with an eye to star. Grant Scharbo and Gina Matthews of Roundtable Entertainment also are producing, along with Aniston's partner, Kristin Hahn.

The story centers on noted Harvard psychologist Ellen Langer, who is known for her work in the illusion of control, decision-making and aging theories. The script focuses on a real study Langer conducted in which she reversed the aging process of her subjects by making them believe they were younger. She wrote about her findings in "Mindfulness."

Scharbo and Matthews, who were producers on "13 Going on 30" and "What Women Want," came across the study in Deepak Chopra's book "Ageless Body, Timeless Mind." They acquired Langer's rights and brought it to Aniston and Hahn.

Aniston's new shingle, which has no name or any studio affiliation at this point, is in development on several projects, some of which came with Aniston when she left Plan B.

Donna Langley and Kristin Lowe are overseeing for Universal.

Bernbaum wrote "Hollywoodland," starring Ben Affleck and Adrien Brody. Projects in development include "The Warden," at HBO Films, and "Wide Ride," being produced by Kevin Misher. He also worked on the Revolution thriller "Next," starring Nicolas Cage. Bernbaum is repped by UTA and attorney Darren Trattner.

Aniston last starred in Universal's "The Break-Up," which has grossed more than $200 million worldwide, and she just directed a short film for Glamour magazine's "Reel Moments" series. She is repped by CAA.