Thursday, June 18, 2009

Movies: Celeste and Jesse Forever

Some news about Rashida's next film project came out yesterday: Celeste and Jesse Forever, which she co-wrote with Will McCormack and will star in, has been acquired by Overture Films.

Overture Acquires "Forever"
by Peter Knegt
Overture Films has announced today that it has acquired “Celeste and Jesse Forever,” a romantic comedy co-written by Rashida Jones and Will McCormack. Jones will also star in the film to be produced by Suzanne and Jennifer Todd of Team Todd. The story “focuses on a young couple in the midst of a divorce who attempt to maintain their friendship while pursuing new relationships.”

“Rashida is among the brightest and funniest young actresses today and we are delighted to be working with her,” Overture CEO Chris McGurk and COO Danny Rosett said in a statement. “The script she and Will have put together is witty and touching and with Team Todd in the mix, the project has great promise.”
Team Todd is behind the “Austin Powers” franchise and has also produced Julie Taymor’s “Across the Universe” and Christopher Nolan’s “Memento.” The company is currently in post-production on Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland.”

“We are such big fans of both Rashida and Will and it is exciting to be working with them creatively,” Jennifer and Suzanne Todd said in a statement. “Rashida is proving she’s one to watch both in front of the camera and behind the scenes.”

via indieWIRE

Overture Ups Ante
As Overture Films lines up their 2009/2010 slate--hoping for a breakout--Wednesday they announced development of Celeste & Jesse Forever, a divorce rom-com co-written by and co-starring Rashida Jones (I Love You Man, Parks and Recreation) and Will McCormack (Must Love Dogs, Syriana). Team Todd (Austin Powers, Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland) is producing. (It's odd that Overture announced without a director in place.)

via Variety: Thompson on Hollywood

Thanks to tipsters Sergio & Karen :)