By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Call it the “Curious Case” of Katherine Heigl.
The “Grey’s Anatomy” star has agreed to star in a period romantic drama named “Adaline,” about a young woman who doesn’t age but somehow manages to fall in love despite spending years in isolation.
Summit Entertainment announced this morning that it has acquired the domestic rights to the picture, which director Andy Tennant (“Hitch,” “Sweet Home Alabama”) will lense in March, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Heigl isn’t exactly a box office risk, though her movie career hasn’t quite taken her to the next level of stardom. Her current film, “Life As We Know It,” has earned $43 million to date. She has seen some success with romantic comedies like “The Ugly Truth” ($88M) and “27 Dresses” ($76M) – and, of course, “Knocked Up,” which gets credit for being a Judd Apatow production. But she has yet to try her hand at big-screen drama, so it will be interesting to see if audiences follow her down this path.
Right now, “Adaline” is set for a 2012 release date.
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By Sean O’Connell
By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: A handful of new releases were not enough to dethrone the buzzy and generally terrific ‘founding of Facebook’ drama “The Social Network” from the top spot this weekend. Dropping a measly 30%, the David Fincher picture grossed $15.5 million in its second weekend. With a ten-day total of $46 million, the Aaron Sorkin-penned picture is still firmly locked in its status as Oscar front-runner. The much-discussed film (‘is it accurate?’ ‘is it sexist?’ ‘is it a defining piece of generational cinema?’) is quickly become a must-see motion picture, which bodes well in the coming weeks as the rest of the month is filled with horror titles. Barring unknown variables, “The Social Network” should stand as the water-cooler picture and the second-choice for general moviegoers at least until the holiday season.
Coming in second place was “Life As We Know It.” The Katherine Heigl/Josh Duhamel comedy opened with $14.6 million. I’m of two minds about this opening weekend. On one hand, the opening was lower than the much-discussed $16 million opening for “Killers,” to say nothing of the $23 million-$30 million openings of “Knocked Up,” “27 Dresses,” and “The Ugly Truth.” On the other hand, this film film only cost $38 million (“Killers” cost an absurd $70 million) and the movie had Heigl and Heigl alone to sell it. Josh Duhamel is not anything resembling a movie star, and the film’s plot was guaranteed to turn off a good chunk of the theoretical audience. Think about it: if you were a parent, how eager would you be to spend money on a babysitter and use a precious night out to see a movie in which two loving parents are killed off and their young child is brought up by their two immature friends who luckily find love together? Point being, true stardom is opening a movie with nothing but your face on the poster. Katherine Heigl opened “Life as We Know It” to $14.6 million despite the film’s inherently unpleasant (and implausible) underlying premise.
Third place went to “Secretariat,” the 1970s period piece starring Diane Lane as an owner of a prize racehorse during the 1970s. This would-be Oscar bait opened with $12.6 million. The $35 million picture opened right in the Diane Lane comfort zone, a bit more than “Untraceable” ($11 million), just under “Must Love Dogs” ($12.8 million), and a bit below her Richard Gere-co starring melodramas “Nights [...]
Hollywoodnews.com: Katherine Heigl’s next film will keep her young forever – onscreen that is.
The former “Grey’s Anatomy” star has signed on to the Lakeshore-Sidney Kimmel production “The Age of Adaline” in which she’ll play a woman at the turn of the 20th century who never ages due to an accident. When she meets the man of her dreams, she must give up her immortality.
Cameras will start rolling in October, however producers are still looking for a director and a male lead. Script was written by Mills Goodloe and Sal Pascowitz per the Hollywood Reporter.
“Adaline” is the third feature that Sidney Kimmel and Lakeshore are co-producing and the second with Heigl.
Their previous project with the actress is “One for the Money” which Lionsgate will release. Heigl also starred in the Lakeshore romantic comedy “The Ugly Truth” which made over $205 million worldwide.
Actress’ next film is the action-romantic comedy “Killers” which Lionsgate is also distributing on June 4.