Scott Rudin, Miramax set for 'Man Under'


NEW YORK -- Scott Rudin, Alexandra Milchan, Aimee Peyronnet and Miramax Films are set to produce writer Ann Cherkis' darkly comic drama "Man Under," snagging the script in a low- to mid-six figure deal.

The "American Beauty"-esque story revolves around the drab, depressed and dysfunctional members of a suburban family. A young photographer who takes their family portrait is murdered and the photo makes its way to her high-profile museum retrospective, thrusting them into the spotlight of a trendy art scene and changing their lives dramatically.

The film will be the highest-profile project yet for Cherkis. She adapted the Japanese supernatural thriller "Himitsu" into the 2007 feature "The Secret," starring David Duchovny. "Under" generated industry buzz last year after making the rounds of several studios and agencies.

It is just one of several high-profile films "No Country for Old Men" producer Rudin has in the pipeline with Miramax. They have paired to acquire numerous book properties in the past few months, including Rudolph Delson's relationship study "Maynard and Jennica" and Richard Price's crime drama "Lush Life."

Milchan is about to launch numerous productions, ranging from "Street Kings" on Friday and "Righteous Kill" in the fall to "Mary Queen of Scots" next year.

Cherkis is repped by WMA.