Helmer Herek is ‘Holy’ roller

Stephen Herek, who just re-upped his three-pic directing pact with Disney, has taken his vows and inked to helm the first of the trio — “Holy Man,” starring Eddie Murphy, for Caravan Pictures, sources said Thursday.

Herek will take the reins in late summer, when the pic is expected to shoot, most likely in Miami. No other talent is attached yet.

Murphy will segue directly into “Holy Man” from “Doctor Dolittle,” which just started production for 20th Century Fox under helmer Betty Thomas.

“Holy Man” is about a materialistic program director of a cable shopping channel who — desperate to stimulate sales and save his own job — hires a guru-like spiritualist and puts him on the air.

Tom Schulman, scribe of the Oscar-winning screenplay for “Dead Poets Society,” penned the script.

Roger Birnbaum of Caravan, Schulman and Eddie Murphy Prods. are producing. Jonathan Glickman, production exec for Caravan, will oversee the film for the company.

As a helmer, Herek has generated nearly $1 billion in ticket revenue for the Mouse with such pics as “101 Dalmatians,” “Mr. Holland’s Opus,” “The Mighty Ducks,” “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” “Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead” and “The Three Musketeers.”

Herek’s deal was brokered by Endeavor Agency.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Scene News from Variety