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Old 11-15-23, 05:58 PM
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Ella McCay (D: James L. Brooks) S: Mackey, Curtis, Harrelson, Edibiri, Brooks, Nanjiani

In the thirteen years since his last directorial feature, James L. Brooks has stayed busy helping emerging filmmakers like Kelly Fremon Craig realize their visions with the stellar The Edge of Seventeen and this year’s Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. Thankfully, the 83-year-old filmmaker is now getting behind the camera once again for a long-awaited directorial feature.

Brooks is set to kick off production on Ella McCay, a 20th Century Studios project, by the end of the year. Set to star Emma Mackey (Emily, Barbie), the romantic drama follows an “idealistic politician poised to run governor as she deals with lingering family issues.” The project was mentioned in the latest issue of Production Weekly and confirmed by the Boston Globe and Providence Journal, both based near where the film is set to shoot.

In the film, Mackey’s character will also be “taking care of her socially anxious, estranged brother who has become a shut in, and her marriage to her high school sweetheart…. who loves the limelight of Ella’s burgeoning career but wants Ella to give their marriage as much attention as she gives her work.” Production is expected to last through May 2024; we can expect a 2025 release.

Brooks, who worked with Jack Nicholson on As Good as It Gets, also recently chimed in about the actor’s supposed retirement. “I don’t think he’s retired,” Brooks told The Wrap. “I don’t buy that he’s retired.” He added, “I remember there was once a friend of mine who [had] one of these raging, alcoholic-driven arguments [with me] about who was the greatest actor at the time. This was at Dustin Hoffman’s height and everything like that. I’m saying Jack Nicholson. He’s saying Dustin Hoffman. I went with [Nicholson] because I said Jack could play either in ‘The Odd Couple.’” Might Nicholson have a role in his latest project? We can only dream.
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re: Ella McCay (D: James L. Brooks) S: Mackey, Curtis, Harrelson, Edibiri, Brooks, Nanjiani

14 years is a long time to play coy if Nicholson isnít retired.
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EXCLUSIVE: It’s been almost 13 years since James L. Brooks last directed a film and looks like fans of the Oscar-winning writer/director will soon have their wish granted as his next project nears production. Sources tell Deadline that not only as 20th Century come on to Brooks’ next film Ella McCkay but that Emma Mackey, Jamie Lee Curtis, Woody Harrelson, Ayo Edibiri, Albert Brooks, Kumail Nanjiani and Spike Fearn are in negotiations to star in the pic.

“As one of the most empathetic dramatists of our time, James Brooks has set the bar across film and television for decades,” said Steve Asbell, President, 20th Century Studios. “From Broadcast News to The Simpsons, Jim is also a foundational element in the bedrock of 20th and we couldn’t be more proud to support him in his long awaited return to the director’s chair.”

The film will follow an idealistic young politician who juggles familial issues and a challenging work life while preparing to take over the job of her mentor, the state’s longtime incumbent governor.

Brooks will also produce along with his producing partners Julie Ansell, and Richard Sakai, who will produce the film through their Gracie Films banner. Seth Meier will executive produce.

EVP Scott Aversano will oversee for 20th.

While Brooks hasn’t directed a film since the 2010 comedy How Do You Know starring Owen Wilson and Reese Witherspoon he still is very busy on the producing front most recently with the adaptation of the Judy Bloom novel Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. Released by Lionsgate earlier this year, the film has garnered high praise and recently earned star Rachel McAdams a Gotham nomination.
https://deadline.com/2023/11/james-l...ks-1235630204/
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Wherever that quote in Post #1 came from, they forgot to label the information as EXCLUSIVE.

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