Universal Pictures has bought domestic distribution rights to that movie I first told you about on January 11th that reteams Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. Larry Crowne is the Playtone and Vendome Pictures title which Hanks will direct, which he hasn’t done since That Thing You Do. Tom also wrote the screenplay with Nia Vardalos. (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.) The film is scheduled to begin production April in Los Angeles. Hanks and Gary Goetzman will produce for Playtone, with Philippe Rousselet executive producing for Vendome Pictures. The deal for domestic distribution rights was brokered by CAA, which represents Playtone. Summit International is handling sales of the foreign rights at the Berlin International Film Festival. Hanks and Roberts last reteamed in Charlie Wilson’s War, directed by Mike Nichols and adapted from George Crile’s book, which grossed $67 million domestic in 2007 for Universal, and made $119 million worldwide.
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