MGM is obsessed with scribes Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith and Karen McCullah Lutz, who adapted “Legally Blonde” and now have a deal to pen a screenplay from Vanity Fair article “The Miranda Obsessions” for Robert De Niro to direct.
A separate, new Lion deal also will see the duo rewrite comedy “Pathetic Obsession.”
“Legally Blonde,” a book-adaptation comedy starring Reese Witherspoon and Matthew Davis, has Luke Wilson (“Charlie’s Angels”) newly cast in another top role. Pic starts shooting in Los Angeles in early October.
Smith and McCullah Lutz will get mid-to-high six figures for their adaptation of “Miranda,” whose rights were bought by De Niro’s Tribeca Prods. for an MGM pic. De Niro and Tribeca partner Jane Rosenthal will produce.
Mag article detailed a mysterious female phone confidant of movie stars and other celebs during the 1980s. Miranda’s famous friends — of which De Niro was one — never got to know the true identity of the fantasy femme who’s long since abandoned her phone follies and reportedly lives an unglamorous life as a middle-age Middle American.
Interestingly, Smith and McCullah Lutz nabbed the “Miranda” adaptation assignment by pitching De Niro over the phone.
“Pathetic” is a low-budget project for which Smith and McCullah Lutz will reap a rewrite fee. Pic involves a group of college kids who, obsessed with a soft-porn star, travel to a porno convention to compete for her affections.
Duo, whose previous collaborations included penning Touchstone’s “10 Things I Hate About You,” will rewrite a screenplay by David Kukoff (“Munchies” ) and Matt Roshkow (“H-E Double Hockey Sticks”). Kukoff and Roshkow will produce.
Smith and McCullah Lutz are repped by Lee Cohen of Major Clients Agency and attorney Karl Austen of the Armstrong, Hirsch law firm. Their manager is Seth Jaret of Jaret Entertainment.