Zeta-Jones: Won't you be my neighbor?


Catherine Zeta-Jones will star in Bart Freundlich's May-December romantic comedy for Mark Gill and Neil Sacker's Film Department production outfit.

In the untitled feature, Zeta-Jones will play a New York single mom who captures the eye of her new neighbor, a 25-year-old man. The project , at least to a degree, seems to mirror real life for the 38-year-old Freundlich, who's married to Julianne Moore, 47.

The film is set to begin shooting April 17; casting has not been finalized for the male lead.

Tim Perell, Freundlich, Gill and Robert Katz are producing under the Process production banner. Sacker and Michael Goguen are the exec producers.

The film is one of the first for president Steve Bickel's Film Department International, which will unveil its debut lineup at May's Festival de Cannes along with the upcoming thriller "Law Abiding Citizen," starring Gerard Butler, and other titles.

It also marks one of the first big deals for Cinetic Media's new management division headed by Bart Walker, who reps Freundlich and Perell.

Romantic comedies are old hat to the star and writer-director. Zeta-Jones starred in "Intolerable Cruelty" and "No Reservations," while Freundlich helmed "Trust the Man," starring Moore.

The Film Department's Dan Stutz negotiated the deals with Freundlich and Perell's reps Walker, Management 360's Evelyn O'Neill and attorneys Ira Schreck and Joe Dapello as well as Zeta-Jones' reps WMA and attorneys Sam Fischer and P.J. Shapiro.