Relativity, helmer to spin 'Eli Webb'


Relativity Media has signed on to develop the dark dramedy "Eli Webb," with "Hannah Montana: The Movie" helmer Peter Chelsom in negotiations to direct.

The prestige-oriented story centers on a conservative talk show host who is diagnosed with a fatal illness, prompting him to undertake a life examination. Thompson Evans is penning the script. Chip Diggins and Brooklyn Weaver will produce, with Adam Marshall exec producing.

The Endeavor-repped Chelsom has had a diverse career, helming the John Cusack romantic comedy "Serendipity" and the Richard Gere-Jennifer Lopez starrer "Shall We Dance?" Disney's "Montana" feature is set for a spring release.

Evans, repped by Paradigm and Energy Entertainment, wrote "Dad Gone Wild" for Fox and "Wedlocked" for Sony.

Relativity, which has swum in prestige waters with such movies as "3:10 to Yuma" and "Frost/Nixon," is in negotiations to buy genre label Rogue but has said it will continue to finance and produce specialized fare in the vein of "Webb." (partialdiff)