Duo plans ‘Weekend’ reunion

Skeet, Benson last worked together on 'Misadventures'

CANNES — Writer-director Brian Skeet and producer Ian Benson, who last worked together on “The Misadventures of Margaret,” have made plans to re-team on Granada Film’s “The Weekend.” Gena Rowlands (“Woman Under the Influence”), Brooke Shields (“Misadventures of Margaret”), Jeremy Northam (“Emma”), Deborah Kara Unger (“The Game”), Jamie Sheridan (“Ice Storm”) and James Duval (“The Doom Generation”) have committed to star.

Skeet helms the pic from his adaptation of Peter Cameron’s sophomore novel, a wry comedy about a group of old friends — a fortyish couple with a new baby and a gay man whose lover (the husband’s brother) died a year before of AIDS — at a country house in upstate New York on the anniversary of the death of the brother.

Their weekend is upended by the attendance of three last minute guests — the American widow of a famed Italian architect, her estranged B-movie actress daughter and a young man who is now involved with the dead man’s lover.

The film is slated to go before the cameras July 13 in upstate New York.

As part of an ongoing relationship with Benson and Skeet, Granada will finance and exec produce the film. Spring Entertainment, the international sales outfit recently established by former Castle Rock Intl. prexy Massimo Graziosi, is handling international sales for the film at Cannes.

A former documentary filmmaker, Skeet made his feature directorial debut with the comedy “Misadventures of Margaret,” which he adapted from Cathleen Schine’s novel “Rameau’s Niece.” Benson produced the pic for Granada, TF1 Intl. and British Screen.

Skeet and Benson will be attending the Cannes Film Festival to screen a recut version of “The Misadventures of Margaret.” A new score has been added to the film, which has been re-edited since it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January. In February, MGM acquired the North American distribution rights.

Shields and Unger also are expected to join the filmmakers in Cannes to promote both films.

ICM brokered the deal on Skeet’s behalf.