Rescuing a film that was placed in limbo by the Capitol Films cash crunch, Nu Image/Millennium Films Overnight Productions has set a June 9 production start on the comedy “Labor Pains.”
The romantic comedy stars Lindsay Lohan as an assistant, working in a stuffy publishing house, who pretends to be pregnant in a desperate attempt to keep her nasty boss from firing her.
Lara Shapiro is directing; Chris Parnell, Cheryl Hines, Luke Kirby and Connie Britton also star.
Pic will shoot in Burbank.
Going into Cannes, “Labor Pains” was poised to be financed by Capitol Pictures. Then, unions shut down production on the Capitol-financed David O. Russell-directed “Nailed.”
Overnight Productions topper Rick Schwartz looked for alternative coin to keep the picture on track, and Lerner was most aggressive. Though Nu Image/Millennium doesn’t make a lot of comedies, the company committed to finance before the festival ended.
Because Nu Image/Millennium is an indie, SAG granted the film a waiver to shoot even if there is an actor’s strike.
Schwartz will produce with Lati Grobman and Celine Rattray of Plum Pictures. Dinny Dimbort, Joe Gatta, Trevor Short, Lerner and Boaz Davidson will be exec producers.
Pic gives Lohan a chance to regain her footing after recent personal troubles. The actress, who recently guested on ABC’s “Ugly Betty,” said she loved the script. “It is a very different role for me and I look forward to the challenges it will present, and I love working on comedies.”
“I didn’t know Lindsay before this, but we looked each other in the eye three months ago, and she has done everything I could have asked,” said Schwartz, whose producing credits include “Gangs of New York” and “The Departed.”
Capitol also announced Wednesday that it plans to wrap production June 22 on “Nailed,” starring Jessica Biel and Jake Gyllenhaal. IATSE shut down the comedy twice last month and SAG pulled the plug once due to financial problems; Capital topper David Bergstein said studios have expressed interest in acquiring the pic but added that no decision would be made until after production wraps.