Universal Pictures has set up “Talk of the Town” as a star vehicle for Tom Hanks, tapping Nia Vardalos to write the pic.
Vardalos also made a deal at Revolution Studios to rewrite the romantic comedy “I Hate Valentine’s Day,” which she will star in.
The U deal puts Vardalos back together with Playtone, where Hanks, partner Gary Goetzman and Rita Wilson produced the bigscreen adaptation of her one woman show “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.”
Vardalos said she had resisted writing films for other thesps, but sparked to a “Talk of the Town” pitch that came from Hanks himself.
“Tom will play a man who is forced into a career change when he least expects it,” Vardalos said.
Hanks and Goetzman will produce. Vardalos isn’t skedded to appear in the film.
Vardalos got the Revolution deal after the studio brought her the title of a pitch it bought years ago.
“I liked the title, and I wanted to explore the concept of this contrived holiday and what happens when romance is forced on us,” Vardalos said.William Sherak will produce with his Blue Star partner Jason Schuman and his mother, Madeleine Sherak, who has her own My Bench Prods. shingle. He said Revolution liked the title but never got the project off the ground until it thought of the idea of putting Vardalos at the center of the romantic comedy.
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Vardalos has also come up with a potential sequel for “Greek Wedding.”
“I’ve understood the desire for a sequel, because I hear it all the time from my family and everyone I run into at a Starbucks,” Vardalos said.