DeVito, Midler smile on ‘Mona’

Whodunit draws ensemble cast of stars

Danny DeVito, Bette Midler, Neve Campbell and Jamie Lee Curtis have committed to star for director Nick Gomez in “Drowning Mona,” a Peter L. Steinfeld-scripted comic whodunit surrounding the murder of the title character, a small-town matriarch. As the mystery unfolds, it’s clear that there is no shortage of suspects.

The comedy is a Neverland Films/Jersey Shore production, which will shoot in early summer. It’s financed and produced by Neverland partners Al Corley, Bart Rosenblatt and Eugene Musso. Aboard as executive producers are DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher and Jonathan Weisgal, who are partners in Jersey Shore, a division of Jersey Films.

With cast in place, CAA is now working with sales agent Jonathan Dana to broker worldwide distribution rights, with several distribberies already chasing domestic rights.

Film marks a reteam for the “Ruthless People” tandem of DeVito and Midler, and is a big opportunity for Gomez, who helmed the indie feature “Laws of Gravity” and recently directed episodes of the HBO series “The Sopranos” and “Oz.”

The producing partners confirmed the star quartet. “We’re extremely excited about Danny and Bette working together again, and with the addition of Neve and Jamie Lee, it makes the project even better,” Weisgal said.

Neverland’s Corley said he hoped the film would be the first of several collaborations with Jersey.

Neverland has produced four films. It’s now in post-production on the latest, “Hearts and Bones,” with Kiefer Sutherland, Daryl Hannah and Pete Postlethwaite.