Studio acquires rights to Aniston, Bateman film

Miramax Films has acquired North American rights to Mandate Pictures’ romantic comedy “The Baster,” starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman.

Jeff Goldblum and Patrick Wilson (“Watchmen”) have also joined the cast.

Film, which is being helmed by “Blades of Glory” duo Will Speck and Josh Gordon, began lensing on Mondayin New York.

Based on a short story by Jeffrey Eugenides, the story revolves around friends Wally (Bateman) and Kassie (Aniston), whose plan to have a baby on her own is complicated when Wally secretly swaps Kassie’s chosen sperm donation with his own. Allan Loeb penned the screenplay.

Wilson will play the genetically superior sperm donor that Kassie originally selects. Goldblum will portray Wally’s boss.

Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa (“Little Miss Sunshine”) are producing, while Nathan Kahane, Aniston and Kristen Hahn are exec producing.  

Mandate Intl. is handling international sales on the film.

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