Family drama hooks duo

Pierce Brosnan and Susan Sarandon are set to star in “The Greatest,” a drama that marks the directing debut of its screenwriter, Shana Feste.

The drama revolves around a young girl who throws into chaos a family that is trying to get over the loss of a teenage son. Brosnan and Sarandon play the grieving parents. Shooting will begin this summer on the East Coast.

Barbarian Films will finance and serve as exec producer on the co-production of Silverwood Films and Brosnan’s Irish DreamTime. Silverwood’s Lynette Howell and Irish DreamTime’s Beau St. Clair will produce.

Brosnan will exec produce with Doug Dey, Aaron Kaufman, Douglas Kuber and Ron Hartenbaum.

“What drew us to this piece is Shana’s rare ability to uniquely dramatize the complicated dynamics of a family’s struggle to stay together as they deal with unforeseen tragedy,” said St. Clair.

Kimmel Intl. is brokering overseas rights on the film, while a domestic distribution deal is being put together by CAA (which reps Brosnan) in tandem with Endeavor, which reps Feste and Silverwood and whose independent division put together the financing.

Brosnan will next be seen starring alongside Meryl Streep in Universal’s “Mamma Mia!,” and he will reprise the title role in “The Thomas Crown Affair 2,” which Paul Verhoeven will direct for MGM.

Sarandon, who just opened in “Speed Racer,” just wrapped the Peter Jackson-directed “The Lovely Bones.”

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