DEADLINE EXCLUSIVE: Deadline understands that Hugh Jackman has dropped out of PalmStar’s buzzy title Collateral Beauty and that the producers are now out to sign Johnny Depp. Scheduling is the reason behind Jackman’s exit, with the Australian star’s Wolverine commitments making it impossible for him to shoot Collateral Beauty this year. The deal with Depp still has some way before being set. The project is one of the more competitive ones in the marketplace right now.
PalmStar Media and Likely Story paid $2.25 million for the Allan Loeb script. At the time Jackman and Rooney Mara were attached to star with Me And Earl And The Dying Girl helmer Alfonso Gomez-Rejon making this his follow-up directing effort to the Sundance favorite. Principal photography is set to begin in the fall with PalmStar financing. Mara remains attached along with Jason Segel.
The plot centers on a New York advertising executive who experiences a deep personal tragedy. When his colleagues devise an unconventional plan to break him out of his depression, the plan works, but not in a way that anyone imagined.
Category: Collateral Beauty
Hot off his Sundance breakout “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon is lining up his next project with two of Hollywood’s biggest talents. Sources tell Variety that Gomez-Rejon has attached himself to direct “Collateral Beauty” with Hugh Jackman and Rooney Mara attached to star.
Allan Loeb wrote the original screenplay, which is set in a New York ad agency and focuses on a man whose life is flipped upside down after experiencing a tragedy that sends him down a path of deep depression. Anonymous Content’s Michael Sugar and Bard Dorros are producing.
The drama does not have a distributor or financier, yet the attachment of Jackman and Gomez-Rejon should make it one of the hotter packages in town.
After winning both the grand prize and audience award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, “Me and Earl” made Gomez-Rejon a must-get filmmaker for studios and high-profile projects. But the filmmaker, who got his start on TV (“Glee,” “American Horror Story”), is said to have fallen in love with Loeb’s script.
“Collateral Beauty” reunites Jackman and Mara, who recently starred together in Warner Bros.’ Peter Pan origin story “Pan,” which opens in October.
Jackman just finished “Eddie the Eagle” opposite Taron Egerton. Mara, star of “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” has a big year starting with her Cate Blanchett romancer “Carol,” which premieres at the Cannes Film Festival this Sunday. She most recently wrapped production on Jim Sheridan’s “The Secret Scripture” and next month starts shooting drama “Blackbird.”
Jackman, Mara and Gomez-Rejon are all repped by WME. Gomez-Rejon is also repped by LBI Entertainment, while Management 360 also backs Mara.
CAA, Marks Law Group and Anonymous Content represent Loeb.