Hogan, Zucker, Everett re-team for pic
The “My Best Friend’s Wedding” team of director P.J. Hogan, producer Jerry Zucker and star Rupert Everett are stepping up to the altar once again, and this time they’ve found “Unconditional Love.”
The comedy thriller, which was written by Hogan and his wife, Jocelyn Moorhouse, is about a middle-aged Chicago woman, Grace Beasely, whose husband of 25 years leaves her on the same day that her idol and favorite crooner, Victor Fox, is murdered.
When Grace leaves for England to attend Fox’s funeral, she meets Dirk Simpson (Everett), Fox’s longtime gay lover, and she gradually wins over the initially cantankerous Dirk. In fact, he is so charmed by Grace’s spirit that he decides to return with her to Chicago in order to find Victor’s killer.
Zucker and Moorhouse are producing the pic, which is not yet set up at a studio.
A ways away
While New Line Cinema is in talks to take it on, a deal is a long way off. The part of Grace is not yet cast, although several actresses have been in talks for the role.
Hogan and Moorhouse’s House & Moorhouse Films has a production deal at Sony, where the pic was previously in development. The Australian duo co-wrote the offbeat hit “Muriel’s Wedding,” which Hogan directed and Moorhouse produced.
Zucker Bros. Prods., which comprises producer/directors Jerry and David, as well as producer Gil Netter, has a deal at Universal Pictures. It was unclear whether that studio had expressed interest in the pic.
String of comedies
Together with Jim Abrahams, the Zuckers first came to attention with a string of zany comedies they co-wrote and co-helmed: “Airplane,” “Ruthless People” and “Top Secret.”
David Zucker last directed “BASEketball” for Universal, which he produced with Netter and Robert LoCash.
Jerry Zucker, who directed “Ghost” and “First Knight,” has segued into producing in the last few years, with pics such as “My Best Friend’s Wedding” and “A Walk in the Clouds.”
Moorhouse also is a filmmaker in her own right, having directed the Australian thriller “Proof,” as well as studio pics “How to Make an American Quilt” and “A Thousand Acres.”
Everett charmed U.S. audiences with his deft display of comic timing in “Wedding” opposite Julia Roberts. He is currently lensing “Inspector Gadget” for Disney.
CAA reps Hogan, Zucker and Moorhouse. ICM reps Everett.