'Switcheroo,' 'Maniacs' remake fill scribe's slate
Gotham-based scribe Shana Larsen has pacted with New Line Cinema to adapt two projects — comedy “Switcheroo” and an English-lingo remake of the Italian pic “Sentimental Maniacs.”
In “Switcheroo,” which is based on the novel by Olivia Goldsmith, a woman learns that her husband is having an affair with a younger woman. The two similar-looking femmes then decide to switch places in order to fool the guy.
Storyline Prods.’ Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are producing the pic for New Line. New Line Prods. executive vice president Richard Saperstein and vice president of production Donna Langley are overseeing the project for the studio.
Larsen is writing her own adaptation of Goldsmith’s book, based on a previous screenplay penned by Goldsmith and scribe Gail Parent. She expects to turn in her draft this month.
“Sentimental Maniacs” is a 1994 Italian comedy helmed by Simona Izzo. Larsen saw the pic and took it to New Line creative exec Cindy Guidry, who sparked at the idea of a remake.
In the original “Maniacs,” a family, with many skeletons in its closet, hosts a country house reunion to celebrate the first communion of two sisters.
Larsen will segue to “Maniacs” after she finishes “Switcheroo.”
Larsen wrote Paramount Pictures’ forthcoming ensemble drama “200 Cigarettes,” the directorial debut of Risa Bramon Garcia. Pic stars Kate Hudson, Casey Affleck, Jay Mohr, Ben Affleck, Dave Chapelle, Courtney Love and Christina Ricci.
“Cigarettes,” which takes place on New Year’s Eve 1981, is the semi-autobiographical story of several groups of twentysomethings who are on their way to a big booze-up.
Dogstar Films’ Betsy Beers and MTV Prods.’ David Gale are producing the $11 million pic. Paramount-based Lakeshore Entertainment has foreign rights.
Larsen, a resident of the Hamptons, studied painting at the CalArts. After graduating, she started writing straight off the bat.
She temped for 10 years, writing novels in her spare time before turning one of them, “Martians,” into a screenplay and subsequently switching full-time to screenwriting.
She is repped by Lucy Stille at Paradigm.