Jennifer Aniston and Steve Zahn will star in “Management,” a romantic comedy that marks the feature directing debut of playwright-screenwriter Stephen Belber.
Pic will be financed by Sidney Kimmel Entertainment; Temple Hill partners Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen are producing.
Aniston will play a traveling saleswoman who sells cheap art to small companies and motels. She has a fling with an aimless, underachieving assistant motel manager (Zahn) at one of her stops, and he pursues her all over the U.S.
Belber wrote the script with the intention of directing it and enlisted Godfrey and Bowen, who are currently producing an adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel “Dear John” that will star Channing Tatum.
Kimmel will distribute through his deal at MGM. Jim Tauber and William Horberg will exec produce.
Belber’s ascension in Hollywood came after studios took to his spec script “The Power of Duff,” about a newscaster who talks to God.
Universal got Ron Howard to direct and Russell Crowe to star at one point, and though they eventually dropped out — Jamie Foxx is now the star –Belber has been penning high-profile projects ever since.
He rewrote “The Dallas Buyers Club” for Brad Pitt and a heist movie for Jon Turteltaub that will team Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman and Robert Duvall; he’s also scripting “The Fall of the Warrior King” for Tom Cruise at Paramount.
His latest play is “The Geometry of Fire,” about a sniper’s return from Iraq.