Arab Times

LOS ANGELES:

Variety

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“Devil 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.

John Carney and Jason Bateman were also in the mix to direct, but execs offered the gig to Frankel in the end. (RTRS)

 ??  ?? Actor Will Smith attends the Centerpiec­e Gala Premiere of Columbia Pictures’ ‘Concussion’ during AFI Fest 2015 presented by Audi at TCL Chinese Theatre on Nov 10 in
Hollywood, California. (AFP)
Actor Will Smith attends the Centerpiec­e Gala Premiere of Columbia Pictures’ ‘Concussion’ during AFI Fest 2015 presented by Audi at TCL Chinese Theatre on Nov 10 in Hollywood, California. (AFP)

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