Thesp set to produce, star in comedy
Sandra Bullock will produce and join the cast of an indie pic tentatively titled “Gun Shy,” which Buena Vista Film Sales will acquire as a negative pickup and sell for distribution internationally.
No domestic distrib has been set for the project, which first-time helmer Eric Blakeney will direct from his own script.
Bullock is producing through her Warner Bros.-based Fortis Films, which recently produced two other Bullock star vehicles, “Hope Floats” and “Practical Magic.”
Pic is a black comedy about an undercover agent caught up in a situation in New York City. Bullock, as part of an ensemble cast, will play a nurse who becomes the agent’s romantic interest.
Fortis is searching for major talent for the agent role of Charlie.
Budget is set for about $10 million, which is being financed through outside banks.
“Gun Shy,” which starts shooting in October, will be offered for sales at Mifed. Buena Vista International, which handles features, and BV Home Entertainment, the homevideo unit, will retain all rights in certain territories.
Regarding a domestic sale, the pic will be handled by Bullock’s and Fortis Films’ reps at CAA, John Ptak and Emanuel Nunez.
Buena Vista Film Sales, which is run by senior VP of acquisitions and business affairs Jere Hausfater and VP of acquisitions Anne Sterling, has been involved in the sales of two other pics, “Talos the Mummy” and “Judas Kiss.”
“Talos” was sold to Dimension for domestic distribution. “Judas,” produced by Bandeira and Key Entertainment, is still in post-production. Pic was just accepted in the Toronto Film Festival and will get its preem there.
Blakeney has a relationship with Fortis through the adaptation he’s writing on the thriller novel “The Art of Breaking Glass,” which Warner Bros. has in development.