Spelling grows ‘Grass’

NEW YORK — Spelling Films has made a deal with Mike Newell and his Dogstar Prods. to develop a remake of “The Grass Is Greener,” the 1960 comedy about a penniless English earl whose wife has an affair with a wealthy American tourist. The film will be shaped as a potential directing vehicle for Newell.

The remake was hatched by Dogstar’s Betsy Beers, who worked with Spelling senior veep Rene Garcia to set it up. Dogstar’s Newell, Beers and Alan Greenspan will produce with Linda Reisman.

The’60 Universal pic starred Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Robert Mitchum and Jean Simmons. Stanley Donen directed the script by Hugh & Margaret Williams, based on their play.

“We hope to make a smart comedy with lots of bite, but work in a more modern relationship triangle between the three,” said Garcia, who made the deal with Spelling Films prexy Mitch Horwits and senior veep Denis Pregnolato.

The film will be shot in the U.K. It’s unclear whether Spelling will fully finance the pic, as it did with “Night Falls on Manhattan,” or partner with a studio, as it did with Paramount on “Breakdown.”

Newell, whose helming credits include “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and “Donnie Brasco,” is next expected to do the Fox 2000 adaptation of “Pushing Tin,” the Art Linson-produced pic about air traffic controllers.

Newell is repped by ICM’s Rosalie Swedlin.

More Film

  • Alamo Drafthouse Launching Video Rental Store

    Alamo Drafthouse Launching Video Rental Store in 2018 (EXCLUSIVE)

    NEW YORK — Spelling Films has made a deal with Mike Newell and his Dogstar Prods. to develop a remake of “The Grass Is Greener,” the 1960 comedy about a penniless English earl whose wife has an affair with a wealthy American tourist. The film will be shaped as a potential directing vehicle for Newell. […]

  • No Merchandising. Editorial Use Only. No

    Box Office: Fathom Events Sees Soaring 2017 Performance (EXCLUSIVE)

    NEW YORK — Spelling Films has made a deal with Mike Newell and his Dogstar Prods. to develop a remake of “The Grass Is Greener,” the 1960 comedy about a penniless English earl whose wife has an affair with a wealthy American tourist. The film will be shaped as a potential directing vehicle for Newell. […]

  • Oscars: Academy's Diverse Foreign Shortlist Still

    Even Without 'BPM,' the Academy Compiles a Rich, Diverse Foreign Oscar Shortlist

    NEW YORK — Spelling Films has made a deal with Mike Newell and his Dogstar Prods. to develop a remake of “The Grass Is Greener,” the 1960 comedy about a penniless English earl whose wife has an affair with a wealthy American tourist. The film will be shaped as a potential directing vehicle for Newell. […]

  • ‘Mortal Engines’ to Receive 5% Bonus

    ‘Mortal Engines’ to Receive 5% Bonus From New Zealand (EXCLUSIVE)

    NEW YORK — Spelling Films has made a deal with Mike Newell and his Dogstar Prods. to develop a remake of “The Grass Is Greener,” the 1960 comedy about a penniless English earl whose wife has an affair with a wealthy American tourist. The film will be shaped as a potential directing vehicle for Newell. […]

  • Warclow Bridge of Spies

    Amblin Partners Inks Exclusive Music-Publishing Deal With BMG

    NEW YORK — Spelling Films has made a deal with Mike Newell and his Dogstar Prods. to develop a remake of “The Grass Is Greener,” the 1960 comedy about a penniless English earl whose wife has an affair with a wealthy American tourist. The film will be shaped as a potential directing vehicle for Newell. […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content