Witherspoon, Gordon to produce redo
Reese Witherspoon’s Type A Films is developing a remake of Otto Preminger’s 1965 pic “Bunny Lake Is Missing” for Columbia Pictures, with Witherspoon attached to star.
Mark Gordon and Witherspoon will produce the pic, which is in negotiations.
Col’s Rachel O’Connor is steering development with co-president of production Matt Tolmach and Mark Gordon Co. exec Josh McLaughlin.
“Bunny” will be Gordon’s first movie deal at Sony under his recently signed three-year first-look production pact with the studio. Gordon’s shingle had been based at 20th Century Fox since October 2001.
Gordon already has several projects set up at Col, including emergency operator thriller “911,” Paul Walker starrer “The Last Apostle” and vidgame adaptation “Return to Castle Wolfenstein.”
The original “Bunny Lake” starred Noel Coward and Laurence Olivier, and told the story of a young girl, Bunny, reported missing by her mother. When the police find no trace that Bunny ever existed, the mother’s sanity is questioned.
Witherspoon recently wrapped “Vanity Fair” for Focus Features, and she is attached to play June Carter in Fox 2000’s Johnny Cash biopic “Walk the Line.”
Type A also is developing an adaptation of “Mother to Mother” at Universal as another possible Witherspoon starrer. The novel by Sindiwe Magona follows the story of a Stanford student who was murdered in a riot in 1993 while on a Fulbright scholarship to South Africa.
(Gabriel Snyder contributed to this report.)