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Director Stella Meghie Teams With Will Packer on ‘The Photograph’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Universal Pictures has acquired “The Photograph,” an original spec by Stella Meghie with Will Packer producing for his eponymous production company.

The spec is a generational story about love and family, which Meghie will also direct and executive produce. Will Packer Productions’ James Lopez will also produce.

Vice president of production Sara Scott and creative executive Mika Pryce will oversee production for Universal.

Universal in particular has been a champion of more female filmmakers behind the camera; Trish Sie, for instance, is directing the latest chapter in the “Pitch Perfect” series.

Packer and Universal have seen several films as of late over-perform at the box office, including the “Ride Along” movies and, most recently, “Girls Trip,” which grossed more than $135 million at the worldwide box office. They currently have two films in production: the Kevin Hart comedy “Night School” and “Breaking In” starring Gabrielle Union.

Meghie earned a best screenplay Independent Spirit Award nomination for her debut comedy feature, “Jean of the Joneses,” and she recently directed “Everything, Everything,” an adaptation of the best-selling novel, starring Amandla Stenberg. That movie grossed $61 million at the worldwide box office on a $10 million production budget.

She is repped by CAA and Del Shaw Moonves.

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