Rashida Jones and Chris Messina are getting monogamous.
The emerging stars will topline "Monogamy," an indie romantic comedy that marks the scripted-feature debut of "Murderball" co-director Dana Adam Shapiro.
Described by filmmakers as a "cautionary tale about sex, photography and fear of marriage," the film will center on a young couple's relationship and its trials. Shapiro wrote the script with Evan Wiener.
The movie is expected to unspool on the fest circuit in early 2010.
Shapiro is producing with Jeff Mandel, who also produced "Murderball," as well as Randy Manis, the former ThinkFilm exec who helped release and exec-produced the doc. Tom Heller ("Precious") is also producing. Production on "Monogamy" started this summer in New York.
Shapiro earned acclaim for "Murderball," his story of wheelchair-bound athletes training to compete in the summer Olympics; the pic, which he directed with Henry Alex Rubin, won several prizes at the Sundance Film Festival and was also nominated for the best documentary Oscar.
The Untitled Entertainment-repped hyphenate is also attached to adapt and direct an adaptation of his novel "Every Boy" for Plan B Entertainment and is on board to write "Holler," a racial drama that's set up at Screen Gems. The ICM-repped Wiener co-wrote "Wild Child" with helmer Larry Clark, and is also set to stage his play "The Eichmann Disguise" in New York.
The UTA-repped Jones most recently starred opposite Paul Rudd in bromantic comedy "I Love You, Man" and will star in divorce dramedy "Celeste and Jesse Forever," which she co-wrote with Will McCormack and recently sold to Overture.
The WME-repped Messina has had a number of character turns on the big and small screen, including shows such as "Six Feet Under" and pics like culinary comedy "Julie & Julia." He's next set to star in "Greenberg," Noah Baumbach's drama toplined by Ben Stiller.
By Steven Zeitchek
Sept 1, 2009