Yates heeds ‘Call’

Helmer pacts for Kimmel-Quadra comedy

Peter Yates is set to direct an untitled romantic comedy for Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Quadra Entertainment starring James Spader, Michael Caine, Maggie Smith, Polly Walker, Buck Henry, Frank Whalley and Sam Shepard.

Formerly titled “Curtain Call,” the project is being produced by Andrew Karsch (“Princess Caraboo” “The Prince of Tides”) and is slated for a Feb. 10 start.

Maiden venture

With a budget of less than $20 million, the picture is the first joint venture for year-old worldwide sales firm Quadra – headed by CEO Christian Halsey-Solomon and distribution prexy Chris Bialek – and Kimmel. Quadra has international distrib rights. No domestic distrib has been set.

Spader plays a publisher involved with a magazine editor to whom he has resisted committing. His decision is forced by the appearance of a rival suitor (Shepard) and the prospect of buying a townhouse.

Three signed on

Cinematographer Sven Nykvist will be lensing from the script by Todd Alcott, based on a story by Karsch. Composer Richard Hartley (“Stealing Beauty”) has signed to do the score. Stuart Wurtsel (“Hannah and her Sisters”) is set as production designer.

Yates helming credits include “Breaking Away” and “The Dresser.”

New York industrialist Kimmel has producing credits on “9-1/2 Weeks,” “Blame it on Rio” and “The Night We Never Met.” The company begins shooting this fall on “Town and Country,” toplining Warren Beatty, for New Line Cinema.

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