IEG commits to ‘Husband’

Thurman to star, produce pic

Graham King’s Initial Entertainment Group has committed to fully finance the $20 million indie romantic comedy “The Accidental Husband,” for helmer Hugh Wilson (“The First Wives Club”).

Pic will star Uma Thurman and Brendan Fraser. Thurman is also producing pic with Jason Blum and King while IEG will handle worldwide sales.

“Husband,” penned by Mimi Hare and Clare Naylor, is the story of a self-help guru who runs into a problem when planning her wedding: She is already married to a rogue. She tries to persuade him to give her a divorce but ends up worrying whether she is marrying the right man.

Thurman brought pic to Jason Blum, her exec producing partner on HBO’s “Hysterical Blindness” and the producers approached King. Blum is also producing “The Fever” for HBO.

ICM brought project into IEG, with CAA brokering deal between Blum and IEG.

“It’s great when you know right away that something instinctively feels right,” says King, “and that’s exactly how I felt about this project and the people involved with it. I had no hesitation to take this on.”

Adds Thurman: “I’m happy to be partnering again with Jason Blum since we had such a successful collaboration on ‘Hysterical Blindness.’ I’m glad that Graham King and the IEG team share our enthusiasm for a project which Jason and I are so passionate about.”

At Cannes IEG is repping four high-profile pix. King is producing “The Aviator” with producers Michael Mann, Sandy Climan and Charlie Evans.

He is also co-financing with Miramax the Lasse Hallstrom pic “An Unfinished Life,” starring Robert Redford, Jennifer Lopez, Morgan Freeman and Josh Lucas; “The Rose and the Snake” for director Rebecca Miller, starring Daniel Day-Lewis; and the Pierce Brosnan-Julianne Moore pic “Laws of Attraction,” which New Line will release domestically for helmer Peter Howitt.

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