McConaughey, Cruz reteam for love story

Matthew McConaughey and Penelope Cruz, to be seen in the upcoming “Sahara,” will reteam this fall in “The Loop,” a love story scripted and to be directed by S.R. Bindler.

Pic will be financed by Ascendant Pictures, in co-production with jk livin’, the producing partnership between McConaughey and Gus Gustawes.

Production will begin Sept. 15 on “The Loop,” an adaptation of a novel by Joe Coomer about a highway patrolman and loner who, after meeting a sexy librarian, is inspired to search for his long-lost parents.

Pic marks the feature directorial debut of Bindler, who cut his teeth making commercials. He also helmed the 1997 documentary “Hands on a Hardbody,” which chronicled a contest in which a group of Texans tried to win a Nissan truck by keeping their hand on the vehicle for the longest amount of time. Pic was a cult hit that made an impression on the Texans who run jk livin’.

“We know this guy is the real deal, a storyteller with a strong visual style,” Gustawes said.

McConaughey and Gustawes will produce “The Loop” with Mark Gustawes, Bruce Heller, David Koplan and Ascendant’s Chris Roberts. Jodi Heaston will shepherd the pic.

After the April 8 release of “Sahara,” McConaughey heads off to star with Sarah Jessica Parker in “Failure to Launch,” the Tom Dey-directed comedy for Paramount and producer Scott Rudin. Cruz, meanwhile, will star in Pedro Almodovar’s next film.

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