Hunt, Di Novi ‘Nice’ together

Goodman penned from Sacks novel

NEW YORK — Helen Hunt and producer Denise Di Novi have joined together with Warner Bros. to option “Nice,” the Jen Sacks novel published last year by St. Martin’s Press.

Hunt has been attached to star in the film, which she’ll produce with Di Novi and Connie Tavel. The project was sold as a spec script adaptation by Sara Goodman and the deal was mid-six figures against low seven figures for script and underlying book rights.

In “Nice,” Hunt’s on board to play an attractive young woman who is too nice to break up with a string of suitors who bore her, and begins to think that burying them would be easier than leaving them.

The black comedy was brought to WB by Di Novi’s development veepee Steve Barnett and Hunt-Tavel veep Dana Jackson. The deal was made by Lynn Pleshette and Michael Cendejas of the Lynn Pleshette Agency and lit agent Aaron Priest. WB exec Kevin McCormick will oversee the project.

Since ending her long series run on “Mad About You,” Hunt and partner Tavel have become more aggressive in optioning properties for the Oscar-winning star of “As Good as It Gets.” One is the upcoming Robert B. Parker novel “Family Honor,” which is being adapted into a vehicle at Columbia for Hunt by scribe Robert Getchel.

Hunt is partway through starring with Tom Hanks in the Robert Zemeckis-directed “Cast Away,” and will next star in the Robert Altman-directed “Dr. T and the Women,” followed by “From Alice to Ocean.” She’s repped by CAA.

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