Sets first feature spec with Sonnenfeld-Josephson
Hot on the heels of his sale of “Sandee the Supermodel” to DreamWorks, clothing designer Isaac Mizrahi has set up his first feature spec, “Wild About Harry,” with the Disney-based Sonnenfeld-Josephson Prods.And Mizrahi, who is rapidly developing a Hollywood profile apart from his clothing lines, is attaching himself to star. Mizrahi’s spec, which Sonnenfeld-Josephson bought with its discretionary fund, is a screwball comedy about a New York-based ad exec named Harry, who’s involved in a confused love story. No director is attached. Barry Sonnenfeld and Barry Josephson will produce. Disney has a first look at it, but no deal is in place with the studio yet. Mizrahi pitched the idea to Sonnenfeld last year in the Hamptons, where both have houses. Sonnenfeld suggested writing it up, and Mizrahi turned in a script six months later. “The thing I want to do is create this kind of screwball thing that would work in the ’90s,” Mizrahi said. As for the acting, Mizrahi said Sonnenfeld first gave him a part in “For Love or Money” with Michael J. Fox. The designer also was the focus of the fashion industry docu “Unzipped.” “I want to be in this,” said Mizrahi. “And Barry knows I can.” Sonnenfeld, who may direct the project as well, said he would happily cast Mizrahi. “He’s a truly wonderful smart funny guy,” Sonnenfeld said. “I think he’d be great. He’s a brilliant actor and a funny, pithy writer.” Sonnenfeld noted that the script has gone through a couple of drafts and will likely shoot in New York, once it’s set up at a studio. Last week, Mizrahi sold the rights to his three-part comic book, “The Adventures of Sandee the Supermodel,” to DreamWorks for both a feature and a possible animated TV series. Sonnenfeld-Josephson exec Caroline Andoscia will oversee the project for the company. CAA repped Mizrahi in the deal.
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