Granada Film has $10 mil ‘Shampoo’

Company to finance Gen-X pic

Granada Film, the feature film division of U.K. broadcaster Granada Television, will finance the $10 million Gen-X romance “Shampoo Planet.”

Tag Mendillo and Andrew Form (“Kissing a Fool”) will produce the pic for Granada, which Mendillo will write. Granada optioned rights to the novel by Douglas Coupland, then brought the material to the Mendillo/Form team.

Coupland, one of the first writers to identify the “Generation X” phenomenon, has written a number of books on that theme, including “Generation X,” “Life After God” and “Polaroids from the Dead.”

Granada Film’s Janette Day, who will exec produce the pic with Granada Film chief Pippa Cross, said the company is looking for a director and cast. Granada wants to begin lensing “Shampoo” before the end of the year, according to Day.

Generation gap

“Shampoo” is the story of Tyler, a twentysomething enamored with the 1990s, in direct contrast to his ’60s-loving, hippie mother. Although Tyler thinks he has everything made, his world is about to be disrupted by a visit from an old flame.

Mendillo/Form’s other credit is the dramatic comedy “Trading Favors,” directed by Sondra Locke and starring Rosanna Arquette.

“Shampoo” will mark Granada’s third U.S. pic, following the company’s declaration of its intention of becoming more active in the American market. MGM has U.S. rights to “The Misadventures of Margaret” starring Parker Posey, while “The Weekend,” starring Gena Rowlands, is in production.

In March, Granada signed a production deal with John Malkovich’s company, Smith.Malkovich.Halfon. The first pic under that deal is likely to be period drama “The Libertine,” with Malkovich directing and Johnny Depp starring.

Granada has held talks about co-financing its slate of pics with MGM. The two parties are still in negotiations, but it was unclear whether “Shampoo” would come under any agreement.

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