After more than six decades, “State of the Union” is heading back to the bigscreen with Identity Films and Flat Penny Films developing a feature version of the political drama.
The banners have secured the underlying rights to the play, written by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. The duo won a Pulitzer Prize and the play was adapted as a 1948 feature by Frank Capra starring Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn and Angela Lansbury.
Tracy portrayed a Republican candidate for president backed by a female newspaper magnate, played by Lansbury, who intends to deadlock the Republican convention and put forward her candidate as a compromise. Hepburn portrayed the estranged wife of Tracy’s character.
Mastromauro is a producer on a pair of completed family dramas — “As Cool as I Am,” adapted from Pete Fromm’s coming-of-age novel, and “After the Fall,” about a couple building a hospital following their daughter’s death.
Popular on Variety
Why 'Toy Story 4' Character Forky Wasn't Named Sporky
Elton John is going to face some stiff competition in this year’s Oscars race: Elton John. He’ll have two tunes in competition for the Academy Award for best original song this year. The just announced track listing for the “Lion King” soundtrack reveals he and lyricist Tim Rice did write a new end-titles number for [...]
Universal Pictures has optioned the rights to “Goodbye, Vitamin,” the 2017 debut novel from Rachel Khong, with Constance Wu attached to star, sources tell Variety. Dylan Clark will produce for his Universal-based Dylan Clark Productions with Jennifer Yee McDevitt adapting the novel. Wu will also executive produce. “Goodbye, Vitamin” follows Wu’s character, Ruth Young, who [...]
Warner Bros. has tapped BBC Studios Americas president Ann Sarnoff as its new CEO, a surprise pick that is sure to shakeup the venerable studio. Sarnoff becomes the first woman to head Warner Bros. in its nearly 100-year history. She was under the radar during WarnerMedia’s search for a successor to lead the studio following [...]
Gaumont has appointed Christian Gabela, the executive producer of “El Chapo,” as vice president of international TV co-productions. Gabela’s role will be to manage and expand the company’s TV distribution and co-production partnerships in key territories internationally with a focus on Latin America. Gaumont is currently developing the series “El Presidente,” its first Latin American [...]
NANTUCKET, Mass. — Adventure drama “The Peanut Butter Falcon” and Syria documentary “For Sama” emerged as the top winners at the 24th annual Nantucket Film Festival. The festival, which concludes today, as ever put the emphasis on screenwriters and emerging talents. Director Paul Downs Colaizzo’s Sundance hit “Brittany Runs a Marathon” had a number of [...]
The Rome Film Festival will celebrate Bill Murray with its lifetime achievement award, which will be presented to him by Wes Anderson. Anderson, who has directed Murray in some of his most iconic roles, most notably in “The Royal Tenenbaums,” and in several other films such as “The Darjeeling Limited,” “Moonrise Kingdom” and “Grand Budapest [...]
Despite arriving below expectations, “Toy Story 4” did huge business this weekend with ticket sales surpassing $118 million in North America. As sequels hailing from beloved franchises continue to flounder at the box office, Disney and Pixar’s cartooned fourquel is a much-needed win for the movie business. It now ranks among the top debuts for [...]