Owen Wilson is eyeing a starring role in an adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s “The Big Bounce,” to be directed by George Armitage (“Grosse Pointe Blank”). The film will serve as the first title under a distribution deal that Steve Bing’s Shangri-La Entertainment has inked with Warner Bros. Pictures.
Bing will finance the pic, with Warners handling worldwide distribution and Jorge Saralegui’s Material producing with Bing. Production is slated to begin in the fall, with Hawaii a location possibility.
In the sexy noir tale, the UTA-repped Wilson will play a charming drifter who hooks up with a criminally minded beauty while trying to figure out if he can trust the friendship of a powerful local figure, Mr. Majestyk.
Sebastian Gutierrez (“Judas Kiss”) adapted the screenplay. Leonard will act as a consultant on the production.
Supervising the production is VP Polly Cohen, Warners prexy of domestic production Jeff Robinov and Warner Bros. exec VP worldwide motion pictures Lorenzo Di Bonaventura.
Shangri-La plans to finance and produce midrange titles, with Warners handling worldwide distribution in exchange for a fee. Plan is similar to that followed by other Warners-based shingles such as Gaylord Films and Alcon Entertainment.
Bing recently produced the Adam Rifkin films “Night at the Golden Eagle” and “Without Charlie.” He also wrote the upcoming Castle Rock title “Down and Under” with Scott Rosenberg.
Wilson will star in “Shanghai Knights” and “I Spy” later this year.