Revolution Studios is in final negotiations to pay what’s expected to be more than $1 million for Sacha Gervasi’s romantic comedy pitch “The Hypnotist,” with Jim Carrey attached to star and Bob Cooper’s Landscape Entertainment to produce.
Story concerns a world-renowned hypnotist who exhibits a completely different personality when not onstage. When he loses his powers, he has to woo a girl and fall in love with her in order to get them back.
Project inspired a bidding frenzy among several studios.
Cooper brought the project to Revolution partner Todd Garner.
“I have been trying to find an opportunity to work with Sacha for some time and am thrilled to have found it with ‘The Hypnotist,’ ” Garner said.
Derek Dauchy will oversee the project for Revolution.
Gervasi, a former journalist for a number of U.K. publications, said a hypnotist he met in London inspired the idea.
“We were introduced and he was not the commanding, authoritative persona he was onstage,” Gervasi told Daily Variety. “He was this slightly insecure guy. It fascinated me.”
Cooper, who is also working with Carrey on New Line Cinema’s “I Know That You Know That I Know,” brought the actor to the project.
“Sacha described the character and I said that would be perfect for Mr. Carrey,” Cooper said. “Sacha, Carrey and I met a number of times to shape the story. (Carrey manager) Jimmy Miller was very helpful at putting all the pieces together.”
Gervasi, repped by Endeavor, wrote the screenplay for DreamWorks’ “Terminal,” which Steven Spielberg is currently directing and stars Tom Hanks and Catherine Zeta-Jones. He’s also writing “Comrade Rockstar” for DreamWorks and Hanks.
Gervasi first gained attention with his spec “My Dinner With Herve,” based on his interview with Herve Villechaize just a week before the actor committed suicide.