May 13th, 2017       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

According to Variety, Whoopi Goldberg and Giancarlo Esposito are set to join Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church in “Shriver,” a comedy of mistaken identity being introduced to buyers at Cannes by Content Media. The film, directed by Michael Maren, turns on a loner (Church) who is mistaken for a famous author at a literary conference and who falls for the conference organizer (Collette). The man nearly pulls off the deception before the real author shows up and causes havoc. The screenplay, by Maren, is adapted from the novel “Shriver” by Chris Belden. “From the very beginning we just loved the clever premise,” Jamie Carmichael, Content’s president of film said. Josh Kesselman and Alfred Sapse of Thruline are producing.

  April 4th, 2017       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

According to Deadline, Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church, who last worked together in 2014 on Lucky Them, are reuniting on another project, the indie comedy Shriver which has a delightful premise. Shriver, a depressed often inebriated loner (Church), is mistaken for a renowned but reclusive author with whom he shares a name. He suddenly finds himself the subject of adulation and the center of attention at a writers conference celebrating the 20th anniversary of the book written by the real author. Shriver steps into the role, sparks a romance with the English professor (Collette) who runs the conference, and is about to pull it all off when the real Shriver appears. The project was written and will be directed by Michael Maren who wrote and directed the 2014 film The Short History of Decay. The project is being produced by Josh Kesselman at Thruline and Alfred Sapse.