Risher excited to work with Midler, Bruckheimer for project
Sticking to their agenda to make films about women, New Line’s newly formed ChickFlicks has teamed up with Bette Midler’s All Girl Prods. for its first production: a movie based on Sue Margolis’ bestselling novel “Neurotica.”
Scribe Sara Goodman, who will adapt the book, pitched the project to All Girl senior VP Julia Eisenman, who brought it into the company and will oversee its development along with New Line’s executive director of creative affairs, Janis Chaskin.
All Girl’s Bonnie Bruckheimer and ClickFlicks’ Sara Risher will produce.
“Neurotica” centers on a woman who is faithful to her hypochondriac husband until she flirts with temptation while writing an article about extramarital affairs.
“We are very excited to be teaming up with Bette Midler and Bonnie Bruckheimer for ChickFlicks’ inaugural project,” Risher said. “‘Neurotica’ exemplifies the kind of smart and funny film that we want to develop and market not only to women but to mainstream audiences.”
Goodman recently set up her spec script “Nice” at Warner Bros. with Denise DiNovi producing. She is now working on the NBC mini “The ’70s.”
Formed in 1985, All Girl Prods. produced the features “Beaches” and “For the Boys.” Company is currently developing “The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood,” penned by Mark Andrus (“As Good as It Gets”) for Warner Bros.
Lynn Pleshette and Michael Cendejas of Lynn Pleshette Literary Agency negotiated the deal for Goodman, Margolis and All Girl Prods.
Phillip Patterson of Curtis-Brown Ltd. in London is Margolis’ book agent.
New Line director of business and legal affairs Craig Alexander negotiated on behalf of the studio.