Thesp joins U's 'Club' Roberts sews up 'Knitting'
Julia Roberts will topline family drama “The Friday Night Knitting Club” for Universal, with Roberts and Christine Peters producing.Roberts will produce through her Red Om production company and Peters through her CFP Prods. shingle. Barbara Zitwer and CFP’s Bradford Smith exec produce. “Friday,” based on Kate Jacobs’ upcoming novel, centers on a single mom who juggles the demands of running a Manhattan knitting store with raising her spunky teen daughter. Her regular customers gather once a week to work on their latest projects and chat, but when a tragedy occurs, the customers realize they’ve created more than just a knitting club. Studio closed the deals with Roberts and Paramount-based Peters (“How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”) last week. No writer or director is attached as yet. Roberts next stars alongside Tom Hanks and Philip Seymour Hoffman in the Mike Nichols-directed “Charlie Wilson’s War” for Universal and Playtone. Through Red Om, Roberts is developing a feature with Walden Media and Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas based on the “American Girl” doll charcters. She recently signed to star in Par’s adaptation of the Elizabeth Gilbert memoir “Eat, Pray, Love,” with Ryan Murphy adapting and directing; Plan B’s Brad Pitt and Dede Gardner produce. Roberts is repped by CAA.