Gil Junger is onboard to direct from his own script — which he describes as a story that advances the situations from the original “10 Things I Hate About You,” based on Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” and starring Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Mad Chance also produced the Disney-released “Hate About You,” which grossed $38 million.
Junger told Variety that the pic’s remained popular enough that he made more in residuals from it last year than he received for directing it in 1999. He said he was inspired to write the new script after coming across a man who had committed suicide at a scenic overlook.
“It is the story of two relatable, ordinary people with normal jobs and normal desires whose seemingly great lives have become unmanageable,” he said. “Two people who go to the same place at the same time to end it. … Their chance meeting is so awkward, so raw, and so funny, they postpone their intentions and go their separate ways.”
Intandem will be responsible for raising the production finance for the film and for worldwide sales. Junger said plans are to start shooting in November in L.A..
Atwell’s credits include “Cassandra’s Dream,” “The Duchess” and “Brideshead Revisited.” Junger also directed “Black Knight.”
Atwell is represented by CAA, Junger by APA.