Writing duo Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel have signed on to pen the adaptation of the Japanese pic “After Life,” a recent festival favorite, for Fox 2000.
Pic is being produced by Industry Entertainment’s Rosalie Swedlin — who repped Ganz and Mandel when she was a CAA agent — along with her colleague Julia Chasman. Industry co-founder Nick Wechsler is aboard as exec producer, and Industry’s Marc Evans will also be involved. Overseeing for Fox 2000 are execs Ashley Kramer and Eve LaDue.
The original pic was written and directed by Hirokazu Koreeda. It’s set in a way station where souls stop en route to the afterlife. Once there, they must choose the single most precious memory to carry with them into eternity — and that’s the only memory they get to keep.
Ganz and Mandel “have a remarkable ability to give you insights into human behavior in an audience-friendly way,” said Swedlin. The pair, known for their successful mainstream comedies, have been expanding their range recently. Their most recent effort was the team’s first adaptation from a novel: the 20th Century Fox drama “Where the Heart Is,” from the book by Billie Letts.
Rights to “After Life” were picked up by Fox in 1999 for seven figures. The rights sales company was Paris-based Celluloid Dreams, repped by lawyer Dan Walker.
Industry Entertainment has another Fox picture in the pipeline: “Quills,” a Marquis de Sade drama starring Geoffrey Rush and Kate Winslet, which is at Fox Searchlight. That pic, directed by Philip Kaufman, is scheduled to open in the fall.
Ganz and Mandel are repped by CAA. Their attorney in the deal was Steve Katz.
Sony also has a film titled “Afterlife,” a sci-fi action drama that Andy Tennant is set to write and direct.