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evil Wears Prada” helmer David Frankel is in early talks to direct New Line drama “Col­lat­eral Beauty” star­ring Will Smith, fol­low­ing the loss of di­rec­tor Al­fonso Gomez- Re­jon. Anony­mous Con­tent’s Michael Sugar and Bard Dor­ros are pro­duc­ing along with screen­writer Al­lan Loeb, while PalmS­tar CEO Kevin Frakes and An­thony Breg­man are exec pro­duc­ing. The story fol­lows a New York ad­ver­tis­ing exec (Smith) who ex­pe­ri­ences a deep per­sonal tragedy.

His col­leagues de­vise an un­con­ven­tional plan to break him out of his de­pres­sion, which ends up back­fir­ing. PalmS­tar and Likely Story ac­quired the rights to the script in June, with PalmS­tar fully fi­nanc­ing. Pro­duc­tion was ex­pected to start next month; it is un­known if they will push that date while they fill out the re­main­ing ensem­ble. Frankel made a name for him­self on the TV front, es­pe­cially at HBO, where he helmed episodes for such se­ries as “Sex and the City” and “Band of Broth­ers” be­fore making his big splash on the big screen with the hit com­edy “The Devil Wears Prada.” Frankel has since helmed come­dies with strong char­ac­ters like “Hope Springs” and most re­cently the James Cor­den pic “One Chance.” John Car­ney and Ja­son Bate­man were also in the mix to direct, but ex­ecs of­fered the gig to Frankel in the end. Frankel is repped by WME and Anony­mous Con­tent. — Reuters

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