Fresh from kneading “American Pie” into dough for Universal, helmers Chris and Paul Weitz are now attached to direct their script, “I Was Made to Love Her” for Paramount Pictures (Daily Variety, Nov. 2).
Chris Rock (“Rush Hour,” “Lethal Weapon 4”), having developed an affinity for angel’s wings in “Dogma,” is skedded to return to the sweet hereafter, as “I Was Made” is essentially based on the 1978 Warren Beatty starrer “Heaven Can Wait.” That pic was, in turn, a remake of the Ernst Lubitsch-helmed 1943 pic of the same name.
“Made’s” action centers on Rock, who, according to insiders, plays a comedian who finds himself flattened by a bus. When the bureaucrats in heaven realize their error in plucking the lad prematurely, he is “returned to Earth in a most unsuitable host body,” according to one insider — a role that is still being cast. A comedic love interest then develops.
The project is expected to receive the Par greenlight shortly, and is being produced by the Sean Daniel and Jim Jacks’ Par-based Alphaville Prods. and by 3 Arts’ Michael Rotenberg.
Kevin Hardesty has shepherded the project for Alphaville, with Par creative exec Dede Gardner supervising the production for the studio.
The brothers Weitz are repped by the William Morris Agency’s David Lubliner; Rock is repped by ICM’s Eddy Yablans.