EXCLUSIVE: Tom Vaughan has come on board to direct Mixtape, Stacey Menear-scripted film that Jim Wedaa Productions and Maven Pictures’ Trudie Styler and Celine Rattray will produce. Maven is financing. Vaughan helmed Starter For 10, Extraordinary Measures and What Happens In Vegas.
“This is a really funny and moving story about growing up, discovering the power of music and understanding who you are,” Vaughan said. “The script is full of rich, fully realized characters who are complicated and real and this is what makes it so rewarding.”
Mixtape is a music-driven coming of age comedy about a 12-year-old girl, raised by her aunt, who never knew her mother. Finding a mixtape that once belonged to her mom, she accidentally destroys it. Since the music on the tape is the only link she has to her deceased parents, the girl sets out to track down each of the obscure songs listed on the tape’s case, finding out something about her parents, or herself, along the way. In 2009 the script won the American Zoetrope screenwriting contest and it appeared on the Black List that same year.
Maven Pictures currently has two films in post-production: Filth, starring James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent, Jamie Bell, and Imogen Poots, and Imogene, starring Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening, Matt Dillon, and Darren Criss. Maven is adapting the Steve Martin novel Object of Beauty, which will star Amy Adams as an ambitious young art entrepreneur; Face Blind, a psychological thriller starring Katherine Heigl; Second Act, starring Julia Roberts as a woman who has never worked and is forced back into the workplace; and A Fair Marriage, which stars Sarah Jessica Parker as a woman who suspects her husband of infidelity. Vaughan is repped by CAA and United Agents in the UK. Menear is repped by WME, and managed by Jim Wedaa.