Stephen Herek, who just re-upped his three-pic directing pact with Disney, has taken his vows and inked to helm the first of the trio — “Holy Man,” starring Eddie Murphy, for Caravan Pictures, sources said Thursday.
Herek will take the reins in late summer, when the pic is expected to shoot, most likely in Miami. No other talent is attached yet.
Murphy will segue directly into “Holy Man” from “Doctor Dolittle,” which just started production for 20th Century Fox under helmer Betty Thomas.
“Holy Man” is about a materialistic program director of a cable shopping channel who — desperate to stimulate sales and save his own job — hires a guru-like spiritualist and puts him on the air.
Tom Schulman, scribe of the Oscar-winning screenplay for “Dead Poets Society,” penned the script.
Roger Birnbaum of Caravan, Schulman and Eddie Murphy Prods. are producing. Jonathan Glickman, production exec for Caravan, will oversee the film for the company.
As a helmer, Herek has generated nearly $1 billion in ticket revenue for the Mouse with such pics as “101 Dalmatians,” “Mr. Holland’s Opus,” “The Mighty Ducks,” “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” “Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead” and “The Three Musketeers.”
Herek’s deal was brokered by Endeavor Agency.