Trio 'Happened' upon comedy
EmptyStanley Tucci, John Turturro and Kristen Stewart will co-star in Barry Levinson's upcoming Hollywood comedy "What Just Happened?" starring Robert De Niro. Bruce Willis and Sean Penn also will be featured in small roles, playing themselves.
From 2929 Prods. and an original screenplay by Art Linson, "Happened" centers on a desperate movie producer trying to survive the treachery of Hollywood and a broken second marriage while struggling to maintain a shred of dignity.
2929 will fund the picture independently, with Tribeca Prods.' Jane Rosenthal and De Niro producing with veteran producer Linson. 2929's Todd Wagner, Mark Cuban and Marc Butan will executive produce along with Eric Kopeloff.
Principal photography is set to begin March 22 in Los Angeles.
Tucci will play a screenwriter, Turturro will portray a Hollywood agent, and Stewart will take on the role of the daughter to De Niro's character.
"I am so pleased to be working once again with Robert De Niro, who is one of the legendary actors of our time," said Wagner, CEO of 2929 Entertainment, who worked with De Niro on 2004's "Godsend" and is on the Tribeca Film Institute's board of directors. "With De Niro's talent, Levinson's direction, this exceptional ensemble and Linson's fantastic and incredibly authentic screenplay, this comedy is sure to entertain audiences with a glimpse of the best and worst of Hollywood antics."
2929 executives Couper Samuelson and Mike Upton will oversee production. 2929 International is handling international sales on the film.
"What excites me about this film is that it's not only very funny, but it's terrifyingly accurate," Levinson said.
Tucci most recently starred in 20th Century Fox's "The Devil Wears Prada." He next appears in Miramax's "The Hoax," starring Richard Gere. He is repped by CAA.
Turturro recently worked with De Niro on Universal Pictures' "The Good Shepherd." He next appears in the Paramount Pictures/DreamWorks Pictures film "Transformers," set to bow in the summer. He is repped by CAA.
Stewart co-starred with Jodie Foster in David Fincher's "Panic Room" and next appears in Warner Independent Pictures' "In the Land of Women" and Lionsgate's "Fierce People." She is repped by Gersh.
Willis is filming the fourth iteration of the "Die Hard" series, "Live Free or Die Hard," for Fox. He next appears in Sony Pictures' "Perfect Stranger" alongside Halle Berry. He is repped by CAA.
Oscar-winning actor Penn recently completed directing a feature version of Jon Krakauer's book "Into the Wild." He is repped by CAA.