’40’ team’s comedy speaks to NL

Perez orchestrates tale of musical dreams in 'Charlie'

Proving that silence is golden, New Line paid mid- against high-six figures for “Charlie,” a romantic fable about a mute man who moves to Manhattan to pursue his dreams.

The spec script was written by Rob Perez and will be produced by Michael London, the team behind “40 Days and 40 Nights.”

“Charlie” is about a Texan who moves to New York with grandiose dreams of being an orchestra conductor, despite his inability to vocalize. Perez went on his own abstinence stint before writing about one in “40 Days,” and he researched “Charlie” by pretending to be mute during a weeklong trip to New York.

The WMA-repped Perez said “Charlie” will be more than just a one-joke high-concept film. “There are so many ways besides speaking that an actor can communicate, and this is about a guy who finds a way to speak up for himself in the world,” he said.

New Line exec veep Lynn Harris is overseeing the project. Perez and London scored a hit in “40 Days,” which cost $16 million and has grossed north of $80 million worldwide. London also is producing “The Guru”; the indie “13,” now shooting; and “Sideways,” the latter written and directed by Alexander Payne.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety

Loading