Myriad Pictures stepped up to finance and handle international sales for the comedy-drama The Last Word from director Mark Pellington (Arlington Road, The Mothman Prophecies) and starring Shirley MacLaine and Amanda Seyfried.

Amanda Seyfried squareWritten by Stuart Fink, the story is about a retired businesswoman named Harriett (MacLaine) who wants to control everything around her until the bitter end and decides to write her own obituary to make sure her life is told the way she wants it to be. But when Anne (Seyfried), a young writer at the local newspaper, is assigned to the task, she refuses to follow the script and instead insists on finding out the true facts about Harriett’s life. The pair then set out to uncover the ups and downs of Harriett’s life, initially as reluctant partners, and what begins as an attempt to shape her own legacy turns out to be a reawakening of passions for Harriett — and a life altering friendship for Anne.

Myriad is starting up sales on the new film at the Toronto Film Festival. The project is being produced by Pellington, Anne-Marie MacKay of Wondros, and Myriad’s President and CEO Kirk D’Amico. Aaron Magnani is executive producing.