Hunt snags ‘Rock’ for shingle’s debut

Project currently out to filmmakers

Her new shingle at Sony Pictures Entertainment may not have a name yet, but Helen Hunt is prioritizing wisely: her company has optioned its first property, a novel by L.A. writer Michelle Huneven titled “Round Rock.”

Daily Variety has learned that Hunt plans to star in and produce the project, which is being shaped as a feature and is currently out to filmmakers.

Columbia Pictures prexy Amy Pascal confirmed the Hunt acquisition, adding that production VP Lori Goldklang and creative exec Kerry Richmond will shepherd the project for the studio.

The novel’s story revolves around a “drunk farm” — that is, a center for alcoholism recovery — in the Mexican countryside, founded by an ex-alcoholic who is miraculously saved from death in a car wreck.

The deal, for what was termed “reasonable terms” by all parties, was brokered for the author by UTA literary lions Richard Green and Howie Sanders on behalf of Huneven’s agent, Maxine Groffsky.

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