Robert De Niro And Reese Witherspoon Board Nancy Meyers' The Intern
Nancy Meyers isnít the kind of director that anyone expects to swing from one potential project to the next, but she has been attached to a few films over the last few years with nothing ever coming to fruition. One of those projects, The Intern, is apparently back on track, with Robert De Niro and Reese Witherspoon currently in negotiations to star in the comedy, which Worldview Entertainment will finance and produce in a deal made at the American Film Market. Boy, I tell ya, itís gotta be rough having Academy Award winners fronting oneís film.
Witherspoon will star as the founder of a hugely popular fashion website that will be hosting a Senior Intern Program, which she is urged to take part in. De Niro will play the 70-something widower and former businessman that the entrepreneur will take under her wing. Old business tactics and new business tactics will clash as the retiree turns the table and becomes the mentor. It sounds like the same kind of streamlined comedy Meyers has made her name with, alongside films such as Somethingís Gotta Give and What Women Want. And according to Deadline, she handpicked these actors for the roles. I wonder if sheíd also picked Tina Fey last year when she was set to star in the film.
But that was back when this was still a project set up for Paramount, who has since dropped out. Meyers is at AFM promoting the film, which will work within a $35 million budget, making it quite the enticing project for such companies as Universal, Warner Bros. and The Weinstein Company, all of whom are reportedly duking it out over who gets it. I donít think it matters where it ends up, so long as Meyers delivers a smart, tight script. Her last film, 2009ís Itís Complicated, left a terrible taste in my mouth, so I really hope this film brings the humor along with some relatability.
De Niro will be seen in two films before the yearís end, Peter Segalís oldies boxing comedy Grudge Match and David O. Russellís star-studded historical drama American Hustle. Heís currently filming another boxing movie, Jonathan Jakubowiczís Roberto Duran biopic Hands of Stone, and also has the crime thrillers Motel and Candy Store on the way.
Witherspoon has been just as busy, with Atom Egoyanís West Memphis Three drama Devilís Knot, Philippe Falardeauís drama The Good Lie and Paul Thomas Andersonís shaggy dog detective drama Inherent Vice all coming next year, along with the biographical drama Wild, which she is currently filming.
One has to wonder what will happen to the ocean-spanning rom-com she was set up for earlier this year, or the ensemble drama The Chelsea. Maybe next time. Meyers is set to begin production on The Intern early next year.
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