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Jersey, Col like ‘Lounge’

LaGravenese pact to do script about Gotham nightspot

NEW YORK — Jersey Films and Columbia Pictures are twisting with screenwriter Richard LaGravenese on “Peppermint Lounge,” a music-driven pic about a Gotham nightclub that was a cultural hot spot for teenagers in the late ’50s and early ’60s.

While Col and Jersey will wait for LaGravenese’s script before landing a star and director, they have already made a deal with Sony Music Soundtrax and Sony Music Entertainment CEO Tommy Mottola for the pic’s soundtrack. The studio and producer have just cleared the title, and a similarly monickered film in development at Paramount is in the process of getting a name change.

LaGravenese has scripted 11 pics, including “The Fisher King,” “The Horse Whisperer” and the Jersey-produced Julia Roberts starrer “Erin Brockovich,” which is in production with director Steve Soderbergh. LaGravenese made his directorial debut with the Jersey-produced “Living Out Loud,” and has an overall deal with the producer.

“Peppermint Lounge” will be produced by Jersey partners Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher. AMG partner Rick Yorn will also produce, and Dick Cami, Dick Kline and LaGravenese will exec produce. The project is being overseen by Col prexy Amy Pascal and senior veep Michael Costigan.

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