FilmNation Entertainment has acquired the rights from Jane Rosenthal to New York TimesBestseller The Good House by Ann Leary. Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cunningham is set to adapt the project. Attached to star are Academy Award®winners Meryl Streep, who previously collaborated with Cunningham on "The Hours," and Robert De Niro, making this the fourth film Streep and De Niro will appear in together.
Rosenthal will produce and Berry Welsh, VP of Production, will executive produce for Tribeca Productions. Aaron Ryder and Karen Lunder will produce for FilmNation. FilmNation partner Steve Samuels played a role in bringing the project to FilmNation through his relationship with Leary.
The Good House is a wickedly funny look at denial, told through the eyes of Hildy Good (Streep), a New England realtor and not-so-recovering alcoholic whose perfectly compartmentalized life starts to come apart at the seams when she forms a new friendship with Rebecca McCallister. As Rebecca becomes the subject of town gossip, Hildy rekindles an old flame with Frank Getchell (De Niro), a tell it like it is Yankee, who tries to uncomplicate her complicated life in this darkly comic and strikingly authentic tale.
FilmNation's EVP Production Karen Lunder said, "We knew right away with Jane's and Michael's demonstrated talent and Ann's bestseller that we have the opportunity to create something truly entertaining. It is undeniable the authenticity and chemistry Meryl and Bob will offer us as they bring these characters to life."
"Ann Leary has an intoxicating voice and created a truly original character in Hildy Good. When I read the book, I was only sorry it ended – but so thrilled that we'll be able to bring it to the screen with Meryl Streep as the irresistible Hildy," said Producer Jane Rosenthal. "It's the perfect project to work on with Michael Cunningham and we are excited to be doing this in partnership with FilmNation, as they were equally passionate about Ann's characters."
Streep, De Niro and Cunningham are represented by CAA. Leary, whose booked was published by St. Martin's Press, is represented by Sylvie Rabineau.
CAA's Laura Walker brought the project to FilmNation's EVP Production Karen Lunder, who will also produce. The deal was brokered by Alison Cohen, FilmNation's EVP Business & Legal Affairs.
About FILMNATION ENTERTAINMENT
Founded in 2008 by veteran international film executive Glen Basner, FilmNation Entertainment is a new kind of film company – global, versatile and full-service; and is a go-to destination for many of the world's most renowned filmmakers. FilmNation can board a project in a myriad of ways (as a producer, financier, sales agent, international distributor or marketer) and at any stage in a film's lifespan including development.
FilmNation's upcoming sales line-up showcases the work of many of today's most exciting, established and up-and-coming filmmakers, and includes three 2013 Cannes Official Selections: Alexander Payne's "Nebraska" for which Bruce Dern won Best Actor at the festival this year; Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring" starring Emma Watson; and J.C. Chandor's "All Is Lost" starring Robert Redford.
The upcoming sales line-up also includes: Jonathan Glazer's "Under the Skin" with Scarlett Johansson, a 2013 Official Selection for the Toronto International Film Festival and In Competition Selection for the Venice Film Festival; Terrence Malick's "Knight of Cups" and an untitled project; David Michôd's "The Rover" starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson; Anton Corbijn's "A Most Wanted Man" starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Rachel McAdams; "Genius" starring Colin Firth and Michael Fassbender; the untitled Marc Lawrence romantic comedy starring Hugh Grant and Marisa Tomei; "The Rules of Inheritance" starring Jennifer Lawrence; among others.
Production vet Aaron Ryder heads up FilmNation's production arm. To be released this year is Jeff Nichols' critically acclaimed "Mud," a 2012 Cannes competition selection, starring Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Michael Shannon and Reese Witherspoon; and Dan Beers' teen sex comedy "Premature." FilmNation is in development on Nic Mathieu's "Story Of Your Life."
About TRIBECA PRODUCTIONS
Headquartered in New York, Tribeca Productions was founded in 1988 by Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal. Since its inception, Tribeca Productions has produced more than 25 films with a combined worldwide gross of more than 2 billion dollars. To date, their films have garnered several Academy Award nominations and countless critics awards.
Upcoming projects for Tribeca include for "About a Boy" airing on NBC in 2014, Currently in development on Mercury with GK Films, "The Irishman" with Martin Scorsese, Untitled Buddy Cianci story with David O. Russell, "Another Midnight Run" for Universal, "The Wizard of Lies" and "Eating with the Enemy" for HBO Films, and for Showtime "The 4th Reich" and "The Good Shepherd".
Tribeca's previous film and tv productions include executive producer for "NYC22" (CBS Network), "Little Fockers"(2010), "Public Enemies" (2009), "What Just Happened?" (2008), "The Good Shepherd," directed by Robert De Niro (2006), "Rent" (2005); "House of D" (2005); "Meet the Fockers" (2004); "Stage Beauty" (2004); "About a Boy" (2002); "Analyze That" (2002); "Showtime"(2002); "Meet the Parents" (2000); "The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle" (2000); "Analyze This" (1999); "Flawless" (1999); the Academy Award®-nominated "Wag the Dog" (1997); "Marvin's Room" (1996); De Niro's directorial debut, "A Bronx Tale" (1993); "The Night We Never Met" (1993); "Thunderheart" (1992); "Mistress" (1992); and "Night and the City" (1992).
De Niro and Rosenthal are also co-producers of the theatrical musical "We Will Rock You," based on the music of Queen.