Ellen DeGeneres will make her feature film debut in “Mr. Wrong” for Touchstone Pictures, slated to begin shooting in April.
The star of ABC’s “Ellen,” for which she was recently nominated for a Golden Globe Award, will reportedly receive $2.2 million to star in the dark romantic comedy.
While execs at several studios expressed interest in attaching DeGeneres to their projects – Interscope in particular had been in negotiations to sign DeGeneres for “The Runaway Bride” – she opted for a division of the same studio that produces her television show.
The studio has not yet attached a director or producer. The script was penned by Chris Matheson (“Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure”), Kerry Ehrin and Craig Munson. A rewrite is expected by Jan. 9.
Sources said the film could be released as soon as the fall, which would coincide with the scheduled release of a book of comic observations DeGeneres has written for Bantam Books.
In “Mr. Wrong,” DeGeneres plays a single TV-talkshow producer whose friends and family are hammering her to get married. On her quest for Mr. Right, she stumbles across a man who appears to fit the bill, but instead turns out to be the boyfriend from hell.
“I didn’t want to push too far, nor do anything that was too expected of me,” DeGeneres said. “I don’t think too many people would run out to see me play a nun.”
DeGeneres’ deal was brokered by her UTA agents J.J . Harris and Jeremy Zimmer and her manager, Arthur Imparato.