In what will amount to an eight-figure payday, director and writer John Hughes has committed to pen, helm and produce an untitled romantic comedy for Revolution Studios.
Just 24 hours after receiving the script, the newly formed Sony-based partnership of ex-Disney capos Joe Roth, Rob Moore and Todd Garner have already greenlit the project, described by people familiar with it to be “a modern day Cinderella story that’s set in Chicago.”
Pic, intended as a 2001 Christmas release for Col, could begin lensing even before next spring with a commitment from a major female star, according to one insider. Col has the exclusive theatrical distribbing rights to Revolution’s pics in North America.
Hughes, Chi’s favorite feature film son, has frequently made the Windy City the locale for his pictures: As a helmer, Hughes presides over a gaggle of 1980s and ’90s comedic hits that include “Sixteen Candles” “The Breakfast Club” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” and was responsible for writing all three segs of the vastly profitable “Home Alone” pic franchise.
He is in talks to helm a modern take on the “The Breakfast Club,” a comedy which is understood to have a budget of nearly $25 million.
Despite a split with producing partner Ricardo Mestres in 1997, Hughes retained a first look deal at Disney and maintained a close business relationship with the former Mouse House execs.
Hughes is repped by CAA.