After things could not be worked out with Don Scardino, New Line returned to Melfi, who had already written the script. Timing worked out for both since Melfi was in the middle of directing Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy in the Weinstein Co.’s “St. Vincent De Van Nuys” and wouldn’t have been able to commit if New Line had asked for an earlier shoot.
The 1979 pic, which also starred Art Carney and Lee Strasberg, followed three retirees who plan a bank heist. The studio will now look to lock up its three bank robbers once Melfi’s deal is done.
Donald De Line is producing. Tony Bill exec produces.
The UTA and Infinity Entertainment-repped Melfi cut his teeth writing and directing shorts before hitting the jackpot after Murray, who has become very particular about what he commits to, jumped at the chance to star in Melfi’s dramedy “St. Vincent De Van Nuys.”
Melfi is also attached to write and direct “The Tender Bar” for Chernin.