Blake Edwards is returning to movie-making with "It Never Rains," a story about — a screenwriter, his family, studio boss, etc…

Edwards phoned me today to say, "As it stands right now, we’re going to do the film." He’d hesitated to confirm the news when I first queried him on Aug. 21, promising to let me know when it was a go. But even now, he allows the film will be made — even if he decides not to direct.

It will be financed by Insomnia Media Group whose Bret Saxon and Jeff Bowler had originally confirmed the project to me. Insomnia recently wrapped the comedy, "The Grand," which they also financed. It stars Woody Harrelson, Ray Romano, Cheryl Hines, Dennis Farina, Jason Alexander, Mike Epps and David Cross.

Edwards’ last film was "Son of the Pink Panther" starring Roberto Benigni in 1993. On April 22, 1999, I wrote that Edwards was readying to direct his script of "It Never Rains" to be produced by son Geoffrey and Jeffrey Tinnell for Betsy Davis’ Intl. Film Financing. The pic is about a Hollywood writer — named Edwards?

It never rains — but it’s pouring again.

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