MGM mad for ‘Molly’

MGM has acquired the spec “Molly,” which Amy Heckerling will produce and likely direct for the studio in the fall, sources said. The studio picked up the property in a preemptive strike for what sources said was $700,000 against $1 million.

The project will be one of the first before the cameras under newly named label president Michael Nathanson.

“Molly,” which will also be produced by Bill MacDonald (“Sliver,” “Jade”), is a fact-based comedy about a man who has to take care of his sister when she is released from an institution. The autistic sister undergoes a new medical treatment that not only cures her but turns her into a genius. The project was written by feature newcomer Dick Christie.

The project is on the fast track and the studio is banking on it for its 1998 slate.

Heckerling has been looking for a project to direct since the sleeper hit “Clueless,” which grossed $56 million. Heckerling also has been developing a project at Fox called “Made for Each Other.”

All parties were repped in the deal by CAA’s Ken Stovitz and Jim Lefkowitz.

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