'Borat,' 'Bruno' helmer boards Columbia comedy
Larry Charles is set to take on geriatric sex in his next project.The “Borat” director is in final negotiations to helm Columbia Pictures comedy “Winter’s Discontent,” which centers on a sexually frustrated widower who moves into a retirement community with his best buddy — looking to get laid. Charles Roven and Alex Gartner are producing through their Sony-based Atlas Entertainment shingle. Studio bought the spec last year by tyro scribe Paul Fruchbom, a onetime banker and journalist, and studio execs Matt Tolmach and Sam Dickerman put the project on the fast track. Atlas’ Roven (“The Dark Knight”) and Gartner (“Get Smart”) recently wrapped production on the supernatural thriller “Season of the Witch,” starring Nicolas Cage, for Relativity Media. Charles, whose helming credits include the documentary “Religulous” and HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” most recently directed the upcoming “Bruno.” The Universal Pictures lafferopens July 10.