Gotham-based producer John Lyons (“Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me”) will team up with playwright turned screenwriter Douglas Carter Beane (“To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar”) to make “Little Diva” for New Line Cinema.
The project, based on an original idea by Lyons, is the producer’s second film under his production deal at New Line.
Beane and Lyons were introduced by New Line’s veep of production, Amy Henkels, and are working together on “Rasputin’s Penis” — with Lyons producing and Beane writing.
Henkels, along with Gotham-based New Line creative exec Renee Witt, will oversee “Little Diva.”
“Diva” is described as a barbed depiction of corporate involvement in entertainment. It tells the story of what happens when America’s latest pre-packaged female teen singing sensation forgoes lip-synching and begins actually singing at her live concerts — to the dismay of her record label and other vested business interests.
Pop music satire
“The landscape of the pop music world is the perfect realm for this kind of stinging satire,” New Line Prods. prexy Michael De Luca said. “We are excited about the possibilities this film has in Doug’s hands, and are delighted to have John shepherding the project.”
Lyons said: “Doug has the perfect voice for this material — funny, outrageous, and just biting enough to make the story hilarious and provocative. It’s a great fit for him.”
Part of an East Coast writer’s group known as the Drama Dept., Beane has written such plays as “As Bees in Honey Drown,” “Advice From a Caterpillar” (made into a feature), “The Country Club” and “White Lies.”
In addition to “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me,” Lyons produced “Boogie Nights.” He has a two-year production deal with New Line. “Little Diva” is the second of Beane’s two-script commitment to the mini-major, which signed that deal with the scribe in 1996.
Lyons was repped in deal by Ira Schreck at Schreck, Rose & Dapello; Carter was repped by Mary Meagher at Independent Artists.