By Liza Foreman
Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton will star together for the first time in the comedy Life Itself. The film will be directed by Richard Loncraine and is based on the novel Heroic Measures by Jill Ciment, from a screenplay written by Charlie Peters.
In the film, Keaton and Freeman play a long-married New York City couple who find themselves swept into an emotional and comical real estate bidding war when they put their beloved downtown apartment on the market - which means they must also suddenly come to terms with the possibility of moving from the home where they have spent most of their adult lives.
Myriad has acquired international sales rights, and is introducing the project at this week's Cannes Marche du Film. CAA and WME Global co-represent the North American rights.
Life Itself will be produced by Revelations Entertainment in association with Latitude Productions.
Life Itself tell the story of one eventful weekend in the life of Ruth (Keaton) and Alex (Freeman), an aging New York couple who have finally decided to sell their East Village apartment of 40 years. They fear that they are getting too old to climb the stairs, and Ruth's realtor niece has convinced them that they can make a small fortune on the sale. Alex, an artist, and Ruth, a former schoolteacher, are enticed by the prospect of suddenly having more money than they ever dreamt possible. But as they prepare for the open house, the couple's beloved little dog gets sick and has to be taken to an animal hospital, and New York City suddenly goes on high alert when a truck gets stuck in the Midtown tunnel and the driver flees the scene.
Said Myriad's D'Amico, "We are happy to be working with Morgan and Lori again (Myriad previously handled international sales for 10 Items or Less) and of course the extraordinary Diane Keaton on this clever and timely comedy set in the world of New York real estate and art. We know that Richard Loncraine will do a great job directing this insightful script by Charlie Peters.""