Kirkpatrick to produce German-U.S. co-prod'n

NEW YORK — David Kirkpatrick, former president of Paramount’s motion picture group, will produce “The Whole Shebang,” a romantic comedy starring Stanley Tucci and Bridget Fonda.

It’s the first movie in a 10-picture output deal between Kirkpatrick’s Los Angeles-based Original Voices company and Germany’s Intertainment Licensing. No American distributor is on board yet.

Kirkpatrick declined to discuss the production cost, but sources said Intertainment chairman Rudiger Baeres and CEO David Williamson, along with the National Bank of Canada, have agreed to pony up $18 million to produce the pic.

International flavor

The movie, written and directed by George Zaloom (who produced “Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse”), features Tucci as an immigrant from Naples who comes to Long Island to work in his family’s fireworks factory. He meets Fonda, who plays the widow of Tucci’s cousin, who was killed in an accident when a fireworks display ignited prematurely.

Kirkpatrick says Zaloom has modeled some of the characters on the real-life Grucci family, which manufactures fireworks in their Long Island factory. The movie starts shooting Nov. 1 in Vancouver, and the production will shift to Naples early next year.

Executive producers are Michael Prupas of Muse Entertainment and Christian Beutel of Magic Worx. Kirkpatrick, Nick Gillot and Paul E. Harvey are the producers, with Lisa Towers and Douglas Hauck as co-producers. The international seller is 2 Match Ltd.

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