×

Farmiga, Caan partner for ‘Crime’

Keanu Reeves stars in romantic comedy

Vera Farmiga and James Caan have been set to star with Keanu Reeves in “Henry’s Crime,” the romantic comedy that will be directed by Malcolm Venville (“44 Inch Chest”). Sacha Gervasi (“Anvil! The Story of Anvil”) penned the script.

The picture, hatched by Reeves and his Company Films partner Stephen Hamel, is fast gathering accomplices. David Mimran and Jordan Schur of Mimran Schur Pictures have come aboard to co-finance and produce, and GK Films affiliate Parlay Films has been retained to sell foreign territories.

Reeves plays a big-hearted man who is falsely accused of robbing a bank in Buffalo, and the film is set to begin production in upstate New York later this year. Reeves is producing with Mimran, Schur, Hamel and Lemore Syvan (“The Private Lives of Pippa Lee”). Scott Fischer will be executive producer.

Farmiga, who’ll play the romantic interest of Reeves’ character, will next be seen with George Clooney in the Jason Reitman-directed “Up in the Air.” She also stars in the Niki Caro-directed “The Vintner’s Luck.” Both films premiered at Toronto.

Mimran and Schur formed their production company earlier this year and began with the John Curran-directed psychological thriller “Stone,” which stars Robert De Niro, Edward Norton and Milla Jovovich. The pic is in post-production.

Both come from the music business, where Schur founded Flip Records and served as Geffen Records prexy and also founded the Suretone Entertainment Group and was a principal in the fashion house Michon Schur. Mimran founded Savage Records and has also been a corporate investment banker. For the last decade, he was president of an international food processing, grain trading and shipping conglom headquartered in Monaco, with operations on Europe and West Africa.

Schur said he and Mimran bring their own coin to the table and an artist-friendly expertise honed from their music business days.

“We have several other scripts that we’ll package into movies ourselves, but we thought Sacha’s script was a genius comic fable, and we’ve become close to Keanu and look forward to a long relationship,” Schur said.

More Film

  • Promise at Dawn Calcoa

    Colcoa French Film Festival Moves to the Fall With Revamped Format

    Colcoa, the Los Angeles-based French film festival, will be hosting its 23rd edition in September, right before the start of the awards season. Created by the Franco-American Cultural Fund, Colcoa will also be showcasing a more contained lineup focused on film and TV at the Directors Guild of America’s newly-renovated venue. The festival was previously [...]

  • Bruce Springsteen FYSEE Opening Night with

    Bruce Springsteen-Codirected 'Western Stars' Film Will Premiere in Toronto

    “Western Stars,” the film that Bruce Springsteen has made to accompany his recent album of the same name, will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, it was announced Tuesday. The feature is being listed as a co-directing project between Springsteen and his longtime filmic collaborator, Thom Zimny, who just picked up [...]

  • Sylvester Stallone and Braden Aftergood Balboa

    Sylvester Stallone's Production Company Wants to Be the Blumhouse of Action Films

    “I don’t believe Sylvester Stallone carries around a wallet,” says Braden Aftergood, the executive in charge of scripted development at the movie star’s content company Balboa Prods. It’s not that Sly, as he’s known to friends and fans alike, is trying to duck out on a dinner bill. He never seems to have his license [...]

  • Toronto Film Festival Lineup

    Toronto Film Festival: 'Joker,' 'Ford v Ferrari,' 'Hustlers' Among Big Premieres

    This year’s Toronto Film Festival will feature super-villain origin stories, splashy literary adaptations, and Tom Hanks as the most beloved performer in children’s television. The Canadian celebration of all things movies unveiled its 2019 lineup on Tuesday, and it appears to be an eclectic mixture of glossy awards bait, auteur-driven indies, and populist crowd-pleasers. It’s [...]

  • Sylvester Stallone Variety Cover story

    Sylvester Stallone Feels Robbed of an Ownership Stake in 'Rocky': 'I Was Furious'

    Sylvester Stallone shares an uncanny, symbiotic connection with Rocky, the underdog boxer character he created four decades ago — a kindred spirit who served as his creative muse in spawning one of Hollywood’s most successful film franchises. In his long career Stallone also played another memorable screen role — John Rambo — but Rocky was [...]

  • Beware of Children

    First Trailer Released for Venice Days Entry 'Beware of Children' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Variety has been given exclusive access to the first trailer for Dag Johan Haugeruds’ politically and socially charged drama “Beware of Children,” which premieres as part of the Venice Film Festival’s Venice Days section. The pic, which is being sold at Venice by Picture Tree Intl., features the dramatic aftermath of a tragic incident in [...]

  • The Tower animated film about Palestinians

    ‘The Tower’ Animation Wins Japan's Skip City Festival

    “The Tower,” Mats Grorud’s animation about the plight of the Palestinians, as viewed through the eyes of an 11-year-old girl in Beirut, won the grand prize in the international competition at the 16th edition of Skip City International D-Cinema Festival. The film also scooped the section’s audience award. The Skip City festival, which launched in [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content