‘MIGHTY’ CASTS STONE

She'll play single mom in Miramax family pic

NEW YORK – Sharon Stone will star in “The Mighty,” a screen adaptation of Rodman Philbrick’s young adult novel “Freak the Mighty,” for Miramax Films and Scholastic Prods.

In the family-oriented pic, Stone will play the single working mother of a bright, disabled young boy who is befriended by a youngster whose body has been growing at an alarming rate but has been labeled stupid. The two become an unstoppable team.

The script for “The Mighty” was written by Charles Leavitt (“Sunchaser”). It will be directed by Peter Chelsom, produced by Jane Startz (“Indian in the Cupboard,” “The Babysitter’s Club”) and Simon Fields, and co-executive produced by Stone’s company, Chaos Prods.

The film marks the first of two projects Chelsom and Fields will be doing with Miramax. The second has yet to be determined, a Miramax spokeswoman said. Miramax previously collaborated with Chelsom and Fields on “Hear My Song.”

The deal was negotiated on behalf of Miramax by Allen Sabinson, president of production; Vicki Cherkas, vice president of business and legal affairs, and Julie Goldstein, vice president of development and production.

On behalf of Stone, the deal was negotiated by Chuck Binder of Binder Associates, Marvin Meyer of Rosenfeld, Meyer & Susman, and Kevin Huvane and Glenn Meredith of CAA.

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