Thesp teams with Lopez, Shankman
Brendan Fraser, star of “The Mummy,” is in final negotiations to pair up with Jennifer Lopez in Destination Films’ romantic comedy “The Wedding Planner.”Destination will handle the film’s domestic release, and Buena Vista Film Sales, under Jere Hausfater, has licensed foreign distribution rights. Buena Vista Intl. will handle international distribution in most key territories, and Buena Vista Film Sales will likely sell off pic rights in some smaller markets. Lopez and Fraser, who are ironing out final deal points, are expected to start lensing the pic in late November. Choreographer-turned-director Adam Shankman will make his feature helming debut on “The Wedding Planner,” which was scripted by Pamela Falk and Michael Ellis. In the film, Lopez will star as a workaholic wedding planner, whose dedication to her profession has kept her from finding the man of her dreams. When she finally meets Mr. Right (Fraser), he turns out to be engaged to one of her customers whose wedding she is orchestrating. Tapestry Films’ Peter Abrams, Robert Levy and Jennifer Gibgot are producing along with Dee Gee Entertainment’s Deborah Del Prete and Gigi Pritzker. Prufrock Pictures’ Nina Sadowsky will exec produce. Destination’s Mark Morgan and Fernanda Niven are overseeing the production for the company. Lopez, who this month begins production opposite Vince Vaughn in New Line’s “The Cell,” began talks to star in “Wedding Planner” in June (Daily Variety, June 24). The actress-singer followed her starring role in “Out of Sight” and voice-work in the computer-generated “Antz” with the release of her debut album “On the 6” from Sony. Fraser, who stars in Universal’s action/horror release “The Mummy,” currently is lensing the Henry Selick-helmed “Monkey Bone” for Fox and Chris Columbus’ 1492 Pictures. The thesp can be seen this fall, toplining Hugh Wilson’s live action version of Jay Ward’s 1960’s cartoon, “Dudley Do-Right” for Universal. Fraser is repped by the William Morris Agency and Patty Felker of Nelson, Guggenheim, Felker & Levine.