Mark Gordon is producing “Safety Last,” loosely based on the Harold Lloyd silent picture, at Sony. Playwright Keith Bunin will pen the screenplay.
The 1923 film starred Lloyd as a store clerk who organizes a contest to climb the outside of a tall building; circumstances force him to make the perilous ascent himself. New version will also feature the elaborate, choreographed physical comedy that was the trademark of the early silent films.
Gordon and Jennifer P. Dana will produce. Lloyd’s granddaughter Suzanne Lloyd exec produces. Lawrence Inglee will oversee for the Mark Gordon Co. Matt Tolmach and Andrea Giannetti are overseeing for Col.
Bunin wrote the play “The Credeaux Canvas,” which was commissioned and first produced Off Broadway by Playwrights Horizons. His other plays include “The World Over” and “The Principality of Sorrows.” Bunin has written screenplays for Killer Films and Focus Features.
Earlier this year Sony Pictures Releasing acquired domestic theatrical rights to Harold Lloyd’s films through the Harold Lloyd Trust. Transaction includes the rights to Lloyd’s shorts and features, silents and talkies, and represents the first comprehensive deal for the Lloyd pics in more than 30 years. Theatrical engagements of the restored, uncut films will begin in early 2005, with retrospectives in major cities, after which the pics will be available to theaters on an individual basis.