Miramax Films has closed a deal with Jonathan Lynn (“The Whole Nine Yards”) to direct “Baker Street,” penned by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais (“The Commitments”).
Lawrence Bender (“Good Will Hunting”), who brought the project into Miramax, will produce. Lynn will further develop the script with the scribes before heading into production.
John Gordon, exec veep of production, and Colin Vaines, exec veep of development, are overseeing the project for Miramax.
Based on a true story, “Baker Street” is the tale of a London bank heist that created a political upheaval during the 1970s.
Outside of “The Whole Nine Yards,” Lynn is best known for helming “My Cousin Vinny.” He also directed “The Distinguished Gentleman,” starring Eddie Murphy, and “Sgt. Bilko,” with Steve Martin.
Clement and La Frenais penned “Still Crazy” and did production rewrites on such movies as “Pearl Harbor,” “The Rock” and “Excess Baggage.”
Lynn is repped by Ken Kamins at ICM and manager Judy Hofflund of Hofflund Polone. Bender is repped by Carlos Goodman at Lichter, Grossman, Nicols and Adler. Clement and La Frenais are repped by Bruce Kaufman at Broder, Kurland, Webb & Uffner.
Steven Hutensky, senior veep of business affairs, negotiated the deals on Miramax’s behalf.