Sally Field’s Fogwood Lines Up Pix At MGM And Fox

Sally Field’s Fogwood Films, based at MGM/Pathe in a three-year first-look deal, has added three new books and an original screenplay to its already crowded development docket.

Two of the properties are set at MGM/Pathe, the other two at 20th Century Fox, where Fogwood is producing “Dying Young,” the just-wrapped Julia Roberts-starrer. Field and her production partner, Kevin McCormick, are producers of “Dying Young,” the first Fogwood project to proceed without Field’s acting services.

The books acquired by Pathe for Fogwood as starring vehicles for Field are Joy Fielding’s “See Jane Run,” to be published in the fall by William Morrow, and “Domestic Pleasures” by Beth Gutcheon, who will write the screenplay.

Fox has handed Fogwood the production reins on Bret Lott’s new novel, “Jewel,” to be published in the fall by Villard; and Fogwood also is developing for Fox Jean Gonic’s original screenplay “The Frog Prince,” a romantic comedy. Field will topline “Jewel.” She will serve as a producer and not appear in “The Frog Prince.”

Gonic is a magazine writer who has done articles for such publications as Vanity Fair and Cosmopolitan.

Fox bought “Jewel” for Fogwood when Pathe passed on it. “The Frog Prince” already was in development at Fox when it was assigned to Fogwood.

A scripter is being sought for “See Jane Run,” a contemporary thriller that takes place in an Eastern town,

“Domestic Pleasures” centers on what happens when a woman’s ex-husband dies and the lawyer who represented him in their divorce becomes the trustee of his estate.

Field’s most recent starring vehicle is MGM/Pathe’s “Not Without My Daughter,” which did not open well despite (or perhaps because of) its Middle East theme and its release concurrent with the outbreak of war in the Persian Gulf. Fogwood did not produce the film.

Long-delayed ‘Conundrum’

Field’s next outing in front of the cameras will be MGM’s long-deferred “Conundrum,” a Fogwood project due to roll late summer. Phillip Noyce is to direct the $18 million to $20 million property. Portland, Ore., is being eyed as the location site. The writer is Doug Barr.

“Jewel” will be a Fogwood co-production with Wendy Finerman, who has her own deal at Columbia.

“Dying Young” is directed by Joel Schumacher from a screenplay by Richard Friedenburg. Field and McCormick are producers.

Fogwood projects previously in development at MGM/Pathe – all starring vehicles for Field – are “The Martha Honey Project,” “The Saint” and “Rough Justice.”

Also pending for Fogwood are “The Girls” at Geffen Co., “Combat Zone” at Universal and “Clean Cut” and “Civil Wars” at Columbia.”

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