McDormand, Bale circle over ‘Canyon’

Cholodenko tapped to helm Antidote pic

Academy Award winner Frances McDormand is in final negotiations to top “Laurel Canyon” for indie production shingle Antidote Intl. Films.

Christian Bale (“American Psycho”) is also circling the project, which is tentatively skedded to start lensing Oct. 15.

Set in Los Angeles, “Laurel Canyon” centers on a strait-laced young man (Bale) who, after completing medical school back East, decides to return to his now-vacant childhood home with his bride-to-be in tow.

Much to his chagrin, he finds his pot-smoking, record-producing mother (McDormand) still living in the house. Initially, he feels contempt for her lifestyle, but when his priggish fiancee is seduced by the rock-and-roll life style, mother and son attempt reconciliation.

Pic will be helmed by Lisa Cholodenko (“High Art”), who also penned the script. “Laurel Canyon” reteams Cholodenko with Antidote owner Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, who was a producer on “High Art” and will also produce “Canyon.”

Originally sold to October Films, “Laurel Canyon” has been in development for nearly four years. After USA Films absorbed October, the project languished there and went into turnaround last summer.

Antidote is currently in the final stages of negotiating foreign and domestic distribution as well as financing for the pic. Budget will be $6 million-$10 million.

McDormand, who is repped by Endeavor and Frank Frattarolli, appears in Warner Bros. upcoming pic “City by the Sea” with Robert De Niro.

Bale, also at Endeavor, next appears in Spyglass Entertainment’s “Reign of Fire” and Blue Tulip’s “Equilibrium.”

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