Shingle to produce laffer 'Day,' true story 'Barnes'

A correction was made to this article on Mar. 4, 2004.

Cherry Road Films, which inked a two-year deal with Warner Independent Pictures to establish a co-production and development fund, has optioned the rights to two new pics — “Forever and a Day,” orignally penned by Robert Zappia and now being rewritten by “My Dog Skip” scribe Gail Gilchrest, and “Barnes,” being adapted from James Michener’s memoirs by Jordan Roberts.

“Day” is a comedy about married 70-year-olds who wake up one morning in twentysomething bodies but haven’t lost a lifetime’s worth of knowledge. What starts out as a rough adjustment (including the couple splitting up) turns into a whole world of enjoyable possibilities.

“Barnes” is the true story of author James A. Michener and his relationship with eccentric art collector (and one of the richest men in the world) Dr. Albert C. Barnes.

“These are two very different but very exciting projects that we are looking forward to working on with Warner Independent,” said Cherry Road’s chief operating officer Kendall Morgan. “Mark (Gill, WIP topper) and his team are a great group of people, and we look forward to continuing working with them.”

Cherry Road’s “Mail Order Bride” will debut at the U.S. Comedy Arts Fest that starts today.

Shingle also produced Lions Gate’s forthcoming ensemble comedy “Eulogy,” directed by Michael Clancy and starring Ray Romano, Hank Azaria and Zooey Deschanel.

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