Evans snatches bestseller
Paramount has attached Nicole Kidman to star and Valerie Breiman to script “Wedding Season,” a romantic comedy adaptation of the Darcy Cosper novel.
Robert Evans is producing with Tatijana Shoan and Elizabeth Costa.
Story is about a cynical woman and a longtime boyfriend who are dedicated to remaining unmarried, but question that strategy as they attend 17 weddings over a six-month span. Random House published the novel.
Since Breiman penned and directed “Love and Sex,” demand has grown for her writing services. She scripted “Food of Love” for Warner Bros. and producer Denise Di Novi and, based on her first draft, she was brought in to do seven weeks of rewrite work on the Rob Reiner-directed Jennifer Aniston starrer “Rumor Has It.” WB then hired her to write the script for “Oh, God!,” the Jerry Weintraub-produced remake that will star Ellen DeGeneres.
Breiman will now follow that assignment with “Wedding Season,” a book bought preemptively by Evans just after he renewed his first-look deal at the studio. Unwilling to wait for studio coin, Evans put up his own money before the book was published and hit bestseller lists.
“Who knows more about weddings than I do?” Evans said
Evans, Shoan and Costa solidified that project just as Evans pacted to do one-man Gotham stage show “The Kid Live on Broadway: The Notorious Life of Robert Evans.”
He has also finished writing his follow-up to “The Kid Stays in the Picture.” The book is called “The Fat Lady Sang,” and Evans summed it up with trademark bravado.
“I was dead after three strokes, paralyzed, with infamy my calling card,” he said. “All of the doctors said I was a goner, but I fooled them and I’m doing better in my life than ever. Am I going to narrate the audio version of the book? You bet.”