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Capitol picks up ‘Drowning Mona’

Stone, Connolly confirmed for 'Beautiful' pic

CANNES — “Drowning Mona,” a black comedy directed by Nick Gomez that reunites Danny DeVito and Bette Midler, has been picked up by London-based Capitol Films for international sales.

The pic is a Neverland Films/Jersey Shore production, to be released in North America by Destination Film Distribution.

The cast also includes Neve Campbell, Jamie Lee Curtis and Casey Affleck.

Budgeted north of $20 million, the film is due to shoot in June. Scripted by Peter L. Steinfeld, it’s set in a small town where everyone has a motive for the murder of the hard-hearted Mona Dearly, played by Midler.

It was Gomez’s recent TV work on the acclaimed HBO series “The Sopranos” that led to his being signed up for “Mona.”

“Drowning Mona” is produced by Al Corley, Bart Rosenblatt and Eugene Musso for Neverland Films, with Jersey Shore partners DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher and Jonathan Weisgal as exec producers.

Capitol founders Jane Barclay and Sharon Harel acquired foreign rights from the film’s worldwide sales agent Jonathan Dana.

“This movie has a great script and a to-die-for cast,” commented Barclay and Harel.

Also on Capitol’s Cannes slate, the company has confirmed that Sharon Stone and Billy Connolly will co-star in “Beautiful Joe,” which starts shooting next month in Vancouver.

The pic is written and directed by Stephen Metcalfe who., wrote “Pretty Woman.” and “Mr. Holland’s Opus.”The producers are Stephen Haft and Fred Fuchs, and the pic is being fully financed by Capitol.