‘Proof’ partner in the pudding

Pic now lensing in London, has budget north of $20 mil

A correction was made to this article on Oct. 27, 2003.

Miramax Films has brought on co-financing partner Endgame Entertainment to help shoulder the costs of its adaptation of David Auburn’s prize-winning Broadway play “Proof,” starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Anthony Hopkins, Hope Davis and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Endgame was founded by Jim Stern, a film and theater producer who has producing credits on more than 20 Broadway shows, including “The Producers” and “Hairspray.”

“Proof,” which has a budget north of $20 million, is now shooting in London. Pic is more than midway through principal photography.

John Madden is directing “Proof” from a script by Rebecca Miller and Auburn. John Hart, Jeffrey Sharp and Robert Kessel are producing through Hart Sharp Entertainment. Alison Owen is also a producer and Mark Cooper is a co-producer. Stern is an exec producer. Play concerns the daughter of a recently deceased mathematician dealing with her father’s life and legacy.

“The chance to finance a film with this incredible array of talent is the core reason I founded Endgame and I could not be more pleased that we are able to play such a significant role in the production of ‘Proof,’ ” Stern said.

Endgame opened an L.A. office earlier this year. The firm also is co-financing “Five Children and It,” with the Henson Co. and Capitol Films; “Compleat Female Stage Beauty,” with Tribeca Pictures and Artisan Entertainment; and “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle,” with Senator and New Line.

Stern also directed “Michael Jordan to the Max” and “It’s the Rage.”

“Proof,” which ended its Broadway run last January after 918 performances and 16 previews, was one of the longest running Broadway plays in nearly two decades. It won the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony for best play.

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