Vardalos looks to make seven figures for writing, starring
As “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” heads toward a $100 million in box office, Spyglass Entertainment has courted and wed its star and writer, newcomer Nia Vardalos, who will make her followup feature with the Disney-based company.
Pic, entitled “Connie and Carla Do L.A,” is a female buddy comedy in the vein of Billy Wilder’s “Some Like It Hot.” Shingle is remaining tight-lipped about the storyline, although it’s said to contain music-driven elements.
Vardalos, who penned the script, will co-star. No director is yet attached. Spyglass, which pursued Vardalos well before IFC/Gold Circle/Playtone’s “Greek” became a box office phenom, hopes to begin shooting in the spring.
Spyglass will produce. Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman’s Playtone shingle are in talks to come aboard as producers along with Rita Wilson and Brillstein-Grey.
Spyglass toppers Roger Birnbaum and Gary Barber will serve as the company’s producers along with prexy of production Jonathan Glickman. Veep of production Stephanie Striegel will shepherd the project for Spyglass. Disney has first crack at domestic rights.
Vardalos’ deal was negotiated by attorney John Moonves along with manager Brillstein-Grey. For writing and starring, she will make well into seven figures.
As of Wednesday, “Greek” has grossed $82.3 million, good for second place in the overall box office during the Labor Day weekend, behind Disney’s “Signs.”
In March, Vardalos shot a pilot for CBS; it’s likely to be a midseason pickup at a network. She started her career at Second City in Chicago, moving to Los Angeles several years ago. In L.A., her one-woman show “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” drew rave reviews. Wilson attended the performance and brought in husband Hanks. The duo suggested the idea of a film, which Vardalos had already written. The rest is history.