Wells’ Killer pic: fairytale superheroes

Script moves Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty to NYC

This article was updated on June 6, 2003.

Stepping up the company’s relationship with Killer Films to the next level, John Wells Prods. has teamed with the Gotham indie stable and with writer-producer Nick Davis and tyro screenwriter J.J. Simone to develop an untitled family action comedy about three grumpy fairy tale femmes.

The live-action script sees Snow White, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty transplanted by a fairy godmother from Happily Ever After Land to modern-day New York City in order to grow up. While getting to grips with metropolitan life, they unlock their inner action heroines and set about saving the universe from evil.

Pitch was developed by the scribes with Killer principal Pam Koffler, who then brought the project to Laura Holstein at Wells Prods., which funds Killer’s operations. John Wells, Koffler and Davis will produce.

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“Nick and J.J. brought us a funny, smart and original idea that was irresistible,” said Koffler. “It will be the kind of kids film that Killer wants to do: one that is really about something, dressed up in a wildly entertaining and inventive story.”

The project marks the first foray into family entertainment for Killer, a unit known primarily for edgy adult material like “Happiness,” “Boys Don’t Cry,” “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” and “Kids.”

The pic reps the first full producing credit for Wells on a Killer feature after exec producing a number of projects including “Far From Heaven” and “One Hour Photo.”

“We have a few things going on that we’re truly co-producing with John Wells, but this is the first with enough elements in place to make it appropriate to announce,” said Koffler.

Wells also served as exec producer for Killer on Robert Altman’s upcoming backstage dance pic “The Company,” and on Michael Mayer’s drama “A Home at the End of the World,” which wrapped shooting last month.

Latter pic, which stars Colin Farrell, Dallas Roberts, Robin Wright Penn and Sissy Spacek, was acquired for domestic distribution by Warner Bros. under Killer’s first-look deal with the studio, which was set up by Wells.

Killer Films is headed by Christine Vachon, Koffler and Katie Roumel. In Cannes, the company announced details of a busy slate that includes Phyllis Nagy’s “Mrs. Harris,” in which Annette Bening and Ben Kingsley reportedly are in talks to star; and Mary Harron’s “Bettie Page,” with Gretchen Mol as the 1950s pinup girl. Both pics are expected to go into production in the fall.

Davis wrote and directed the independent feature “1999,” with Jennifer Garner, Dan Futterman and Amanda Peet. His credits for television include the Emmy-winning “Jack: The Last Kennedy Film” for CBS. Davis currently is making a pilot for Court TV titled “The Innocence Project,” on the use of DNA testing in wrongful convictions.