Helmer in talks for supernatural romancer

Gabriele Muccino is in talks to direct supernatural romancer “Adaline” for Lakeshore Entertainment Group and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment.

Project is set to begin principal photography next January with Muccino directing from a script by J. Mills Goodloe, Salvador Paskowitz and Allison Burnett.

Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi are producing the project alongside Sidney Kimmel. Steve Golin and Alix Madigan will also produce via their Anonymous Content banner.

Summit has acquired domestic distribution rights and Lakeshore International and Sierra/Affinity are jointly repping worldwide rights.

Story centers on a young woman born at the turn of 20th century who is rendered ageless after an accident. After years of a solitary life, she meets a man for whom it might be worth losing her immortality.

“Adaline” had Katherine Heigl attached to topline last year with Andy Tennant directing. Pic marks the fourth co-production between Lakeshore and Kimmel.The companies recently signed Amanda Seyfried to topline the thriller “Gone” and previously partnered on upcoming releases “The Lincoln Lawyer” and “One for the Money,” starring Heigl.

Muccino most recently directed two Will Smith starrers — “Seven Pounds” and “The Pursuit of Happyness” — and is currently in pre-production on “Playing the Field,” starring Gerard Butler.

Muccino is repped by CAA.

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