Hoffman, Miramax, Goldwyn to feast on pic
Miramax Films, actor-producer Dustin Hoffman and director Tony Goldwyn, who collaborated on the romance “A Walk on the Moon,” will reunite for the dramatic comedy “Dinner for Two at the El Cortez.”Scripted by Jeremy Pikser (“Bulworth”), pic will be produced by Punch Prods.’ Hoffman and Jay Cohen, Avnet-Kerner’s Jon Avnet and Jordan Kerner, and Colleen Camp. Pic, from an original screenplay by Ed Kaplan, was originally in development at Paramount Pictures. When the studio put it into turnaround, Jordan Kerner took it to Miramax co-prexy of production Bob Osher, with whom he had a strong relationship. Osher then organized a meeting between the filmmakers and company co-chairman Harvey Weinstein, during which Goldwyn spelled out his vision for the pic. While Goldwyn’s deal is still being negotiated, he is expected to direct. Hoffman will produce and is developing the project with the intention of starring in it. Miramax declined comment. “Dinner” concerns a middle-aged mother with Alzheimer’s and her family’s struggles to come to terms with her fate. As her health deteriorates, she encourages her husband to fall in love with another woman. Pic is described as “clever, smart and heartwarming.” “A Walk on the Moon,” Goldwyn’s directorial debut, starred Diane Lane and Viggo Mortensen. Pic was produced by Punch and distribbed in the U.S. by Miramax. Goldwyn is also attached to direct Fox 2000’s “Georgia Rule,” which is currently casting and being budgeted at the studio. There is no start date for the pic, but depending on casting, “Georgia” looks likely to be Goldwyn’s next directorial outing.