EXCLUSIVE: Relativity Media is acquiring The Most Wonderful Time, a holiday comedy package built around a Steven Rogers script that has Robert Redford and Diane Keaton circling to star, and Jessie Nelson to direct. Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer will produce with Nelson. Kim Roth and Rogers will be executive producers.
Rogers, whose credits include P.S. I Love You, Kate & Leopold and Stepmom, this time focuses on the chaos of a family around Christmastime, featuring storylines with multiple characters that intersect. Rogers wrote the project on spec and brought in Nelson, who last directed I Am Sam, and the project was packaged with Redford and Keaton.
Relativity Media is in the midst of optioning the script before beginning to make the other deals. Rogers describes it as an ‘Amelie-esque story about people who live for the future or hang onto the past, which prevents them from living in the moment, and not appreciating what is right in front of them.” Nelson’s repped by WME, Rogers is repped by ICM. Keaton is repped by WME and Redford by CAA.