Shortly after exiting the executive suite of New Line after a decade, Lynn Harris has returned to the studio in a first-look producing deal.
Harris has formed Sirius Pictures and will become a producer on eight projects she was developing, including an adaptation of the Dave Eggers book “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius,” which “About a Boy” novelist Nick Hornby and D.V. DeVincentis scripted.
“This is a transition I’ve wanted to make for a long time,” Harris said. “Producing seems a natural progression.”
While at New Line, Harris racked up exec producer credits on “Seven,” “Blade,” “Boogie Nights,” “Magnolia” and “Life as a House.” Harris will also take producer credit on the Nick Cassavetes-directed adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ novel “The Notebook.”
Harris will produce “American Princess” and “Sex Talk” with Suzanne and Jennifer Todd, and the Rob Perez-scripted “Quiet Type” with Michael London.
Pic based on ‘Carol’
Harris will join Michael Hoffman, Samantha Silva and Matt Luber on an untitled pic Hoffman will direct from Silva’s script about Charles Dickens’ inspiration for “A Christmas Carol.” With Vice magazine, Harris will also produce “Dirty Deeds,” a drama scripted by that mag’s co-founder, Shane Smith, and managing editor, Eddy Moretti, about a journo who tries to acquire a black-market nuke.
The first Harris pic to go into production will be “Blade 3,” with scribe David Goyer directing this fall. Harris will produce with Goyer, Peter Frankfurt, Wesley Snipes and Avi Arad.
As for new projects, Harris is teaming with Lawrence Bender on “Connection,” a Dan McDermott script New Line just acquired. Story concerns a successful lawyer who has it all going his way until he gets in a cab and is told by the stranger in it that he’s going to ruin the lawyer’s life.