Details are firming on Larry Crowne, the reteaming of Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts which Mike Fleming broke this week. Despite the movie stars’ pedigree, the film has an indie vibe about it. Because writer-director Hanks plans to bring it in for under $30 million, with financing from Philippe Rousselet’s Vendome. It also turns out Hanks had help writing the script: when he hatched the idea in 2006 under the title of Talk of the Town, he got a first draft from Nia Vardalos. Their relationship goes back to Playtone producing the big screen adaptation of her one-woman show My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and she and Hanks have been collaborating on the Larry Crowne script since. Distribution is still being not set: Universal had first right of negotiation and wants to be distributor. Rousselet, though, has his own distribution alliance with Summit Entertainment. Hanks took to Twitter to confirm Fleming’s news break about the pic. See below:
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