the senator's wife

Variety - april 16, 2003

Aniston catches pitch

Actress, Grey, Pitt in talks to produce laffer

Katherine Fugate has sold a dark comedy pitch to New Line Cinema, with Jennifer Aniston to star and produce.Fugate will write the as-yet-untitled project, in which Aniston would play the wife of a wealthy politician. She's confronted with her past when the 10-year-old son she gave up for adoption resurfaces in her life.

No deals are in place for the producers, but Brad Grey, Brad Pitt and Aniston are in early negotiations to produce through their production shingle, which is based at Warner Bros. Pictures.

The pitch is based on an idea from Wayne Rice ("Dude, Where's My Car?"), who is also negotiating to produce with Mike Karz ("Malibu's Most Wanted").

Supervising the project are New Line production prexy Tobey Emmerich, senior VP music affairs-VP production Mark Kaufman and VP production and development Matt Moore, along with Kristin Hahn as well as Russell Hollander, VP production at Karz Entertainment.

Fugate, who's repped by Hohman Maybank Lieb, wrote Miramax Films' upcoming "Carolina," which stars Julia Stiles and is slated for a June release. She also penned the Stiles starrer "The Prince and the Freshman" for Paramount Pictures, which should go into production this summer.

Film Stew - april 16, 2003:

New Line Catches Pitch for Jennifer Aniston

Studio picks up Katherine Fugate dark comedy pitch as starring vehicle for Aniston.

By Spencer Garvey

New Line Cinema has landed a Katherine Fugate dark comedy pictch and will use it as a starring and producing vehicle for Jennifer Aniston. Although no official deals are in place for producers, Aniston, Brad Pitt and Brad Grey are negotiating to take on the duties through their newly formed, Warner Bros.-based production shingle.

Fugate is now busy penning the script for the still untitled project. The film will star Aniston as the wife of a successful politician whose past comes back to haunt her after the son she gave up for adoption 10 years previous re-enters her life. The pitch was based on an idea from Dude, Where's My Car? scribe Wayne Rice, who is also in negotiations to produce with Mike Karz.

New Line production president Toby Emmerich will be shepherding the project at the studio, along with vice president of production Mark Kaufman and vice president of production and development Matt Moore. Karz Entertainment's vice president of production Russell Hollander will be onlooking for his company.

Repped by Hohman Maybank Lieb, Fugate recently penned two scripts, both of which have Julia Stiles starring. The first, Miramax Films' Carolina, will be released this June, and Paramount Pictures' The Prince and the Freshman will go into production this summer.

Aniston received critical praise this past year for her starring turn in Fox Searchlight's The Good Girl. She also earned her first Emmy Award for her starring role on NBC's Friends. Aniston is repped by the Creative Artists Agency and Brillstein-Grey Entertainment.

E! Online - april 16, 2003

Pitt and Aniston Get Busy

by Lia Haberman

Don't start knitting baby booties just yet.

Despite claims that Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt are close to starting a family, the winsome twosome's latest production has nothing to do with diapers and 2 a.m. feedings.

The Hollywood power couple, whose parental status has kept the tabs guessing since their 2000 nuptials, are in negotiations to produce a dark comedy under their production shingle, which is headquartered at Warner Bros. Pictures, reports Variety.

Based on a pitch that scribe Katherine Fugate sold to New Line Cinema, the as-yet untitled movie would star Aniston as the wife of a wealthy politician who's suddenly confronted with her past when the 10-year-old son she gave up for adoption comes looking for mommy dearest.

Aniston hopes to produce the laffer with her movie-star hubby and ├╝ber-producer Brad Grey.

The trio has some, uh, competition from Wayne Rice (Dude, Where's My Car?), who came up with the idea elaborated in the pitch. Rice is negotiating to produce with Mike Karz (Malibu's Most Wanted)--good luck dudes.

Screenwriter Fugate, who's not gunning for a producing credit, penned the upcoming Miramax release Carolina, starring Julia Stiles and slated for a June release, and followed up with another Stiles vehicle The Prince and the Freshman, due to begin production this summer.

Aniston, who returns for the 10th and final season of Friends next fall, talks about her family plans in the May issue of Harper's Bazaar magazine. In the feature, she predicts that she and Pitt will get serious about having a baby "when Friends is over." Given the golden duo's busy schedule, the pitter patter of little feet could be a long way off.

She's starring opposite funnyman Jim Carrey in the divine comedy Bruce Almighty, which hits theaters May 23, and just wrapped an untitled project opposite Ben Stiller and Debra Messing playing the other woman.

Meanwhile, Pitt has lent his voice to Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas as the titular sailor in the animated adventure, slated to be in theaters July 2. The heartthrob has also signed on to don a toga this April, playing Greek hero Achilles in Troy for director Wolfgang Petersen's big-screen version of The Iliad.

Pitt is also in negotiations to team up with Nicole Kidman to star as a husband and wife team in Regency Enterprises' spy thriller Mr. and Mrs. Smith helmed by Bourne Identity director Doug Liman. The two would star as a married couple going through the motions who discover they're enemy assassins hired to carry out a hit on each other.

Finally, earlier this week, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that New Line Cinema has just bought the movie rights to the as-yet-unpublished novel The Time Traveler's Wife, slated to be Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston's first producing venture (with Brad Grey and Nick Wechsler). Pitt may even want to consider keeping his toga handy to star in the time-traveling flick described as a modern version of The Odyssey.

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