Woody Harrelson in Talks for Lionsgate’s Yacht Rock Musical ‘Sailing’ – Deadline
EXCLUSIVE: Three-time Oscar nominee Woody Harrelson is in talks to join Lionsgate’s 1970s musical jukebox ensemble Sail of rock of ages creator Chris D’Arienzo.
The project is presented as a group of musicians in the late 1970s as they discovered the soft sounds and softer lifestyle that was yacht rock, the genre of soft rock music that took over the FM radio at that time.
D’Arienzo sold the land with Jeremy Plager, who will develop and produce with MegaMix (Jonathan Levine and Gillian Bohrer) and Harrelson.
Speaking of yachts, Harrelson recently starred as the hysterical, Marxist captain of a yacht in the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or-winning comedy. Triangle of sadness.
“Everything about the yacht rock vibe, ethos and lifestyle will be incorporated into this fun and hilarious nostalgic comedy,” said Lionsgate production president Erin Westerman. “We’re thrilled to be working with Jeremy, Jonathan, Gillian, Chris and Woody, and we’re confident it will not only have a phenomenal soundtrack, but also put you in a summer mood.”
Meredith Wieck and Jon Humphrey oversee Lionsgate. Bonnie Stylides negotiated the deals on behalf of the studio.
Harrelson played the most in last year’s blockbuster Venom: let there be carnage which grossed over half a billion worldwide. His upcoming work includes The man from Toronto against Kevin Hart and Championsfor director Bobby Farrelly, as well as the HBO television series The White House Plumbers. He is represented by Steve Burkow at Ziffren Brittenham.
rock of ages received five Tony Award nominations in 2009, including Best Musical. D’Arienzo co-adapted his musical book for the big screen; the 2012 picture directed by Adam Shankman and featuring Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alec Baldwin, Bryan Cranston, Russell Brand among others. D’Arienzo also wrote Barry Munday with Judy Greer, Patrick Wilson and Chloe Sevigny.
D’Arienzo is replaced by Chris Till at Verve. Plager is represented by attorney Greg Slewett at Johnson, Shapiro, Slewett & Kole LLP
Levine and Bohrer’s Megamix has a first film and TV deal with Lionsgate; and they are behind the studio suite at dirty dance, with Jennifer Gray reprising her role as Baby Houseman. They also have Mick Fleetwood’s musical drama, 13 songsin development at Fox.
Levine recently directed all eight episodes of the hit Hulu limited series Nine Perfect Strangers, and directed the award-winning 2008 Sundance coming-of-age comedy madness, with Ben Kingsley and Josh Peck. Other directing credits include Golden Globe nominations 50/50 and The long shot, with Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen. Bohrer, who met Levine while working on Warm bodies, spent 13 years as a studio executive at Summit Entertainment and Lionsgate before launching Megamix with Levine. While at Lionsgate, Bohrer oversaw such films as The Dusk series, oscar winner The Earththe sleeper knocked Wonderand Divergent.