New Line Cinema has inked “Jack and Sarah” director Tim Sullivan to rewrite and helm “Walking Papers” for Irene Webb to produce, sources said Thursday.
The studio already had the project in development. Norman Steinberg wrote the original screenplay.
Project is about a blocked writer who sells an idea to a publisher to write a revenge novel getting back at his wife, who has thrown him out. In the story, he goes to a health farm, loses weight, has plastic surgery and then woos his wife back and makes her fall in love with him as another person. Just as he’s going to dump her, he realizes that he loves his wife and now doesn’t know how to end the novel.
New Line exec VP Richard Saperstein and VP Mary Parent are the execs on the project.
Sullivan is currently finishing a rewrite on “Anything Considered” for Stanley Jaffe’s company at Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Nick Reed of ICM brokered the deal.