EXCLUSIVE: Big Beach and Donald De Line’s De Line Pictures have made a deal for Don’t Make Me Go, the script by Vera Herbert that made last year’s Black List. It tells the story of a single Dad who, after learning he has a serious illness, takes his teenage daughter on a road trip to find the mother who abandoned her years before. In the process, he seizes his final opportunity to teach her essential life lessons.
De Line will produce with Big Beach’s Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf. Big Beach will finance the film. Leah Holzer of Big Beach and De Line’s Jacob Robinson will oversee development.
De Line, Saraf and Turtletaub confirmed the deal. They said in a statement: “It’s rare to find such honest, mature and truly hilarious material, especially from a writer in her early 20’s. Vera brings a wisdom and perspective that well exceeds her age.”
Herbert recently wrapped production on Blink, a pilot being produced by The CW and CBS TV Studios for the 2013 season. De Line’s Pain & Gain will be released by Paramount on April 26. Big Beach’s The Kings Of Summer is being released by CBS Films on May 31. The scribe is repped by Gersh’s Sandra Lucchesi.