April 19, 2014

Paul Rudd to star in “My Idiot Brother”

HollywoodNews.com: Anthony Bregman of Likely Story and Peter Saraf and Marc Turtletaub of Big Beach announced that Paul Rudd has signed on to star in “My Idiot Brother,” a comedy about family and the sacrifices it takes to deal with them. Based on a screenplay by Evgenia Peretz and David Schisgall, “My Idiot Brother” will be directed by Jesse Peretz. Production is slated to begin in July in New York. Bregman, Saraf and Turtletaub will produce for their respective companies. Caroline Jaczko, Stefanie Azpiazu and Aleen Keshishian will executive produce. Rudd and Peretz have worked together previously on “The Château.” Rudd will next be seen starring in Jay Roach’s “Dinner for Schmucks” opposite Steve Carell and James Brooks’ “How Do You Know” opposite Reese Witherspoon. He will also be producing (alongside Judd Apatow, Wain, and Ken Marino) and starring in David Wain’s “Wanderlust” opposite Jennifer Aniston.

Ned (Rudd) is an idealist. His three sisters are ambitious. His mother is overbearing. Ned crashes at each of their homes, in succession, and brings truth, happiness and a sunny disposition into their lives. In other words, he wreaks havoc.

Producer Anthony Bregman stated, “We love this movie because it’s a universal theme. Everyone on earth who has a brother has an idiot brother. I come from a family of three brothers, so I know that better than anyone. And what could beat the prospect of working with Jesse and Paul –who are like brothers to each other– to bring that message out into the world.”

Producer Peter Saraf added, “Paul Rudd with this script and Jesse Peretz directing is a perfect combination of brilliant ingredients to make a flat out funny movie full of heart.”

Brillstein Entertainment Partners and UTA negotiated on behalf of Paul Rudd and Jesse Peretz. Rena Ronson at UTA is handling domestic and international sales for the film.

Likely Story is a New York-based production company founded by Anthony Bregman in October 2006. The company recently wrapped production on “The Oranges” starring Hugh Laurie, Catherine Keener, Leighton Meester, Allison Janney, Oliver Platt, Alia Shawkat, Adam Brody and Sam Rosen; directed by Julian Farino and written by Ian Helfer and Jay Reiss. This year, the company premiered Nicole Holofcener’s “Please Give” and Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman’s “The Extra Man” at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. “Please Give” was released in April 2010 by Sony Pictures Classics and “The Extra Man” will be released in July 2010 by Magnolia Pictures. The company recently signed a first look deal with graphic novel and comic book publisher Tom Shelf Productions. Additional Likely Story productions include Charlie Kaufman’s directorial debut “Synecdoche, New York” (Sony Pictures Classics), Alex Rivera’s “Sleep Dealer” (Maya Releasing), and David and Alex Pastor’s “Carriers” (Paramount Vantage). Bregman’s previous producing credits include “Friends with Money,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “Lovely & Amazing,” “Thumbsucker,” “The Tao of Steve,” “The Savages,” “Trick,” “The Ice Storm,” “The Brothers McMullen,” and “Human Nature.”

Founded in 2004 by Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf, Big Beach is a New York-based company that produces and finances independent films, documentaries and works for stage. Big Beach strives to create meaningful, life-affirming projects that inspire, engage and entertain. Big Beach’s most recent films include the upcoming JACK GOES BOATING, which is the directorial debut of Philip Seymour Hoffman and stars Hoffman and Amy Ryan as well as John Ortiz and Daphne Rubin Vega. JACK GOES BOATING will be released by Overture Films on September 17, 2010. Premiering on HBO in July is LUCKY, a documentary about lottery winners directed by Jeff Blitz who also directed Spellbound. Other recent films include Sam Mendes’ AWAY WE GO, written by Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida and starring Maya Rudolph and John Krasinski, which hit theaters in June 2009 and was distributed by Focus Features. Also in 2009, Overture Films released Christine Jeff’s SUNSHINE CLEANING written by Megan Holley and starring Amy Adams and Emily Blunt. The film premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Big Beach’s third release of 2009 was John Crowley’s IS ANYBODY THERE? starring Michael Caine and Bill Milner.

In 2006, Big Beach’s LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE was a critical and box office sensation following its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, where it sold to Fox Searchlight. The dramatic comedy was written by Michael Ardnt and directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. The film was nominated for Academy Awards including Best Picture, and won two (Original Screenplay and Supporting Actor).

Other Big Beach films include EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED based on the novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, written and directed by Liev Schreiber and starring Elijah Wood; SHERRYBABY, written and directed by Laurie Collyer and starring Maggie Gyllenhaal (Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress); CHOP SHOP, written and directed by Ramin Bahrani; DUANE HOPWOOD, written and directed by Matt Mulhern and starring David Schwimmer.

Big Beach’s first legit production was Mike Birbiglia’s one-man Off-Broadway show, “Sleepwalk with Me,” which ran in New York City from November 2008 through June 2009. Mike Birbiglia’s performance was nominated for several awards including the Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle. Big Beach is currently in development on a musical version of the 2006 film LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE with music and lyrics by William Finn and a book written by James Lapine.

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