USA, Avenue plan bio on Bohemian darlings

Kidman, Everett may star in adaptation of Vaill bio

USA Films has teamed with Cary Brokaw’s Avenue Pictures to produce the feature adaptation of “Everybody Was So Young: Gerald and Sara Murphy, A Lost Generation Love Story,” which is currently being adapted by John Guare (“Six Degrees of Separation”).

Sources close to the project say Nicole Kidman and Rupert Everett are attached to “Everybody,” contingent on the final script. However, no deals are currently in place.

Based on the biography by Amanda Vaill, “Everybody” is the story of the bohemian Murphys, who abandoned their backgrounds of wealth and privilege in New York to become Parisian expatriates. Known as the golden couple of the 1920s’ “lost generation,” they were painted by Pablo Picasso and were said to be the basis of characters that appeared in the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and John Dos Passos.

“Although Gerald Murphy claims never to have said ‘living well is the best revenge,’ he and Sarah took that maxim to heart,” said USA Films production president Donna Gigliotti. “They enjoyed their lives and their art, and in so doing influenced an entire generation of artists.”

Brokaw, president and CEO of the publicly traded Avenue Entertainment Group and its film production division, Avenue Pictures, previously produced Robert Altman’s “Short Cuts” and “The Player” as well as Michael Hoffman’s “Restoration.” Other upcoming Avenue productions include the film adaptation of Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America,” which will be directed by Neil LaBute and will star Al Pacino, Meryl Streep and Calista Flockhart, and “The Courier,” which will star Brad Pitt and be produced in association with Intermedia Films.

Upcoming USA Films releases include “Where The Money Is,” starring Paul Newman and Linda Fiorentino, and Philip Haas’ “Up At The Villa,” starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Sean Penn.

The “Everybody” deal was negotiated by ICM on behalf of Guare, with Sheri Halfon repping AEG. USA Films was represented by Howard Meyers, the indie studio’s senior VP of business affairs.

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