EXCLUSIVE: Diane Keaton and Jacki Weaver are set to star in Poms, a comedy about a group of women who form a cheerleading squad at their retirement community. Nick Meyer’s Sierra/Affinity is producing, financing and handling international sales for the project and will shop it to buyers in Cannes this month.
Acclaimed documentary helmer Zara Hayes, best known for her documentary The Battle of the Sexes, directs from a script written by Shane Atkinson based on a story by Hayes and Atkinson. Kelly McCormick produces along with Mad as Birds Films and Rose Pictures’ Rose Ganguzza. Sierra/Affinity’s Meyer and Marc Schaberg are exec producing the project. WME Global is repping domestic rights.
Keaton’s got buckets of experience in the comedy department. After winning an Oscar for Woody Allen’s Annie Hall, she was been nominated for Best Actress Oscar for her role in Something’s Gotta Give. She also has noms for dramas Marvin’s Room and Reds. Keaton had a voice role in Pixar’s Finding Dory and will appear in the HBO miniseries The Young Pope with Jude Law.
Weaver twice has been nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her roles in gritty Australian crime drama Animal Kingdom as well as David O. Russell’s comedy Silver Linings Playbook. Upcoming projects for the Aussie thesp include Ben Falcone’s Life of the Party for New Line Cinema and James Franco’s The Disaster Artist for Warner Bros.
Brit indie production outfit Mad as Birds is filming the Gerard Butler-Peter Mullan pic Keepers, while Rose Ganguzza is filming Fatima with Harvey Keitel and Sonia Braga as well as Julian Fellowes’ The Chaperone.
Keaton is repped by WME. Weaver is with ICM Partners, Elevate Entertainment and Felker Toczek. Hayes is repped by United Agents.