Regency will ‘Stay’ the course

Forster, not Fincher, set to helm pic

The Regency project’s name may be “Stay,” but its director David Fincher has gone. Taking his place is “Monster’s Ball” helmer Marc Forster.

“Stay” was acquired in a hefty $1.8 million spec buy from scribe David Benioff in October 2001 with a progress-to-production component in the deal. In “Stay,” a psychologist at an Ivy League university tries to prevent one of his students from committing suicide.

Produced by Tom Lassally, and exec produced by Eric Kopeloff and Guymon Casady, “Stay” is being overseen by Regency senior VP of production Kara Francis for production prexy Sanford Panitch.

Forster is also developing two other pics: Again with Benioff, he’s overseeing the thriller “Alpha” at DreamWorks Pictures, and is also set to helm U’s “Dallas Buyer’s Club” — a drama about the underground pharmacies that sprang up to treat AIDS patients in the 1980s. “Dallas” is being rewritten by “Amores perros” scribe Guillermo Arriaga.

Forster vaulted to prominence a year ago after he directed Halle Berry to a lead actress Oscar in “Monster’s Ball” for Lion’s Gate. More recently, he directed Johnny Depp, Dustin Hoffman and Kate Winslet in “J.M. Barrie’s Neverland.” That pic, financed and distribbed by Miramax, is about the life and times of “Peter Pan” scribe James Barrie.

Other Foster credits include the drama “Everything Put Together,” which screened at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival. He is repped by the William Morris Agency and Management 360.

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