Shirley MacLaine and Jacki Weaver will topline indie comedy “Wild Oats” with Alan Arkin in negotiations to join the Wild Pictures production, to be directed by Howard Deutch.
Story centers on MacLaine’s character accidentally receiving a Social Security check in the amount of $900,000 instead of the normal $900. At the incessant urging of her best friend — portrayed by Weaver — she deposits the money and escapes the small Ohio town for Las Vegas — where their new life seems to be short lived when they discover that they have become media sensations and fugitives overnight, forced to outwit a trio of conmen and dodge Social Ssecurity agents.
The screenplay was written by Gary Kanew and Claudia Myers. Shooting will commence in mid-January on location in Pittsburgh and Las Vegas.
Blythe Frank and Agathe David-Weill, both of Wild Pictures, will produce along with Alexander Tabrizi of TriVision Pictures. Mike Dolan and Michael Mailer will exec produce and Donald Pemrick and Dean Fronk will co-produce.
ICM packaged the film and is co-representing North American rights with Essential Entertainment. Essential Entertainment is handling international rights.
MacLaine’s recent credits include “Valentine’s Day” and Lifetime’s “Coco Chanel” and will be seen in “Bernie,” opposite Jack Black and Matthew McConaughey. She’ll receive the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award on June 7.
“Wild Oats” was shopped at Cannes last year by Peace Arch Entertainment with MacLaine, Maria Bello and Christina Ricci attached and Scott Marshall directing.
Weaver can be seen next in Nicholas Stoller’s romantic comedy “The Five Year Engagement” and is currently working on “The Silver Lignings Playbook.” Arkin recently starred in “The Change-Up.” Deutch recently directed segments of HBO’s “Big Love” and “Hung.”
The thesps are repped by ICM. Weaver is also represented by Elevate Entertainment, and Felker Toczek Gellman and Suddleson. Arkin is managed by Principal Entertainment. Deutch is represented by ICM and Echo Lake Entertainment.