Brit’s a fit for ‘Stage’

Pic adaptation of playwright Hatcher's work of same title

NEW YORK — Artisan Pictures will produce in conjunction with Tribeca Prods. “Compleat Female Stage Beauty,” with British director Richard Eyre (“Iris”) attached to helm.

The project is the feature film adaptation of playwright Jeffrey Hatcher’s work of the same title. Tribeca co-founder Jane Rosenthal, along with shingle’s Hardy Justice, will oversee the pic; Artisan’s prexy of development and production, Richard Saperstein, working with Rachel Cohen, senior veep of acquisitions and production, will shepherd for the company.

“Compleat Female Stage Beauty” tells the story of a leading stage actor who is playing women’s roles in 1661 England. When the king declares it illegal for men to act in women’s roles, the great thesp finds himself downsized.

“It is incredibly gratifying to marry the right material with the right director,” said Rachel Cohen. “In this case, we have a complex script that is funny, tragic and sexy, and we are pleased that Richard will bring his immense artistic abilities to our film.”

Tribeca topper Jane Rosenthal added: “I have long admired Richard Eyre’s work, and am thrilled that he will bring his tremendous talent to this film.”

“Iris” garnered a supporting actor Oscar for Jim Broadbent and noms for Judi Dench and Kate Winslet for actress and supporting actress, respectively. Eyre also directed the feature “Loose Connections” and numerous made-for-television movies including “Suddenly, Last Summer” for Columbia Pictures Television.

As director of the Royal National Theatre in London, Eyre directed 27 productions, including “Guys and Dolls,” Christopher Hampton’s “White Chameleon” and Tennessee Williams’ “The Night of the Iguana.” He recently helmed the Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible.”

Erin Austin, Artisan Entertainment’s senior veep of business and legal affairs, negotiated Artisan’s end of the pact. Hardy Justice, VP of development at Tribeca Productions, repped Tribeca. Eyre is repped by CAA in association with U.K.-based Judy Daish Associates.

Tribeca Prods. was founded by Robert De Niro and Rosenthal in 1988.