Script by Heather McGowan (“Tadpole”) follows a world-renowned architect who comes out of a coma in need of both physical and mental rehabilitation. With the help of his snarky female physical therapist, he tries to repair his damaged relationship with his children and win back his wife’s love.
Rosalie Swedlin (“Cracks”), who manages McGowan, will produce for Anonymous Content along with Caroline Kaplan (“Generation Um…”). Production on the indie pic is tentatively skedded to start next summer.
Demme, who won an Oscar for directing “The Silence of the Lambs,” has been immersed in documentary and concert filmmaking of late; 2008’s “Rachel Getting Married” was his last narrative feature to be released. Helmer recently shot two episodes of HBO’s “Enlightened” and the low-budget film “Wally and Andre Shoot Ibsen.” Demme is currently developing an adaptation of Stephen King’s time-travel novel “11/22/63” and an animated adaptation of Dave Eggers’ “Zeitoun.” He’s also producing Kate Barker-Froyland’s indie pic “Song One,” to which Anne Hathaway is attached to star.
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Demme is repped by WME and attorney Michael Adler, while McGowan is repped by attorney Darren M. Trattner in addition to Anonymous Content.