Producer pair to 'Apologize'


Film producer Richard Gladstein and theater producer Daryl Roth are teaming to produce "Apologize, Apologize," a comedy drama based on Elizabeth Kelly's novel about an eccentric New England family.

The project centers on Collie, a boy who grows up on Martha's Vineyard surrounded by a set of colorful characters, including an activist mother and a mogul grandfather. Kelly, who is repped by Sylvie Rabineau and Molly Friedrich, will adapt the screenplay from her book, which is set to come out next year from Jon Karp's Twelve imprint.

FilmColony's Neil Parris is exec producing.

Gladstein is behind hits like "The Bourne Identity," with Kelly's voice said to contain echoes of John Irving. Gladstein will produce through his Film Colony banner.

Roth is a theatrical producer with a knack for producing Pulitzer- and Tony-winning plays: Over the years she's been behind productions like "Proof" and also produced the 2008 best play Tony winner "August: Osage County." "Apologize" marks her first expansion into film, with other projects expected to follow.

She acquired rights to Kelly's novel after being asked to read it for a jacket blurb, then brought the project to Gladstein. (partialdiff)