Wilde in talks to replace Garner in ‘Chemistry’

“Cowboys & Aliens” star Olivia Wilde is set to replace Jennifer Garner in Occupant Films’ darkly comedic thriller “Better Living Through Chemistry.”

Indie pic was originally slated to star Garner before she recently became pregnant with her third child.

In July, Sam Rockwell signed on to play a meek, small-town pharmacist stuck in a loveless marriage who rediscovers himself by starting an affair with a trophy wife, who will now be played by his “Cowboys” co-star Wilde.

After she introduces him to the pleasures of prescription drugs, things spin out of control when they begin plotting to kill her husband.

Michelle Monaghan is set to co-star as Rockwell’s wife, while Judi Dench is expected to serve as the film’s narrator.

Geoff Moore and David Posamentier, whose script appeared on the most recent Black List, will make their directorial debut.

Occupant’s Joe Neurauter, Felipe Marino and Keith Calder are producing “Chemistry,” for which ICM is handling North American rights. Ealing Metro is handling international sales for the pic, which is slated to start production this fall in Maryland.

Wilde also recently starred in David Dobkin’s “The Change Up.” She’ll soon be seen alongside Garner in The Weinstein Company’s “Butter,” which will debut at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Wilde has an additional quartet of films on the horizon, including Andrew Niccol’s “In Time” and Alex Kurtzman’s “Welcome to People.” Thesp recently exec produced the short documentary “Sun City Picture House,” which follows a Haitian community struggling to rebuild after the devastating 2010 earthquake. Pic won the Maui Film Festival’s audience award.

Wilde is repped by WME and Untitled Entertainment.

Source: Variety.com

Rockwell in negotiations for ‘Better Living’

Sam Rockwell is in negotiations to star opposite Jennifer Garner in Occupant Films’ darkly comedic thriller “Better Living Through Chemistry.”

Rockwell will play a meek, small-town pharmacist stuck in a loveless marriage who rediscovers himself by starting an affair with a trophy wife, to be played by Garner. After she introduces him to the pleasures of prescription drugs, things spin out of control when they begin plotting to kill her husband.

Michelle Monaghan is set to co-star as Rockwell’s wife, while Judi Dench will serve as the film’s narrator.

Geoff Moore and David Posamentier, whose script appeared on the most recent Black List, will make their directorial debut with the indie pic, which was previously slated to star Jeremy Renner.

Occupant’s Joe Neurauter and Felipe Marino are producing “Chemistry,” which ICM is handling North American rights for.

Rockwell recently starred in “Conviction” and “Iron Man 2.” He’ll soon be seen in Jon Favreau’s “Cowboys & Aliens” and David Gordon Green’s Jonah Hill comedy “The Sitter,” which 20th Century Fox releases Dec. 9.

Source: Variety.com

Actors fill ‘Living’ spaces

Jeremy Renner, Judi Dench, Jennifer Garner and Michelle Monaghan are attached to topline the indie “Better Living Through Chemistry,” which Metropolis is preselling internationally at the European Film Market.

The $8 million project is helmed and penned by both David Posamentier and Geoff Moore.

ICM is repping North American rights for the pic, as well as Monaghan, Posamentier and Moore. Tim Smith and Paul Brett’s Prescience Film Finance also are backing the pic. Prescience fronted 65% of the budget for “The King’s Speech.”

“Chemistry” tells the tale of a straitlaced small-town pharmacist stuck in a loveless marriage who rediscovers himself through an affair with a wild, drug-experimenting trophy wife.

Pic is produced through Occu-pant Films’ Felipe Marino, Joe Neurauter and Keith Calder (“The Wackness,” “All the Boys Love Mandy Lane”).

The script from Posamentier and Moore was on last year’s Hollywood Black List of best unmade scripts. The project is aiming for an August start in Washington or Georgia.

Metropolis and Prescience have been ramping up activity recently. Metropolis is Prescience’s international sales arm, a joint venture with Timeless Films. Both were in Sundance last month with Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle Irish laffer “The Guard,” snapped up by Sony Pictures Classics after a bidding war.

Pic, produced by Irish shingle Element Pictures (which is also releasing the pic in Ireland), is screening in the Panorama section in Berlin and has sold to most of the world.

Source: Variety.com

Jen joins ‘Chemistry’

Jennifer Garner is in talks to star opposite Jeremy Renner in “Better Living Through Chemistry,” a dramatic thriller from Occupant Films.

“Chemistry” centers on a small-town pharmacist (Renner) who is stuck in a loveless marriage and rediscovers himself through an affair with a trophy wife (Garner) who introduces him to the pleasures of prescription drugs. Things spin out of control when the affair escalates and the lovers begin plotting to kill the woman’s husband.

Geoff Moore and David Posamentier, better known as scribes, are making their directorial debut with the picture.

Occupant is behind “Peep World,” the black comedy with Michael C. Hall, Rainn Wilson and Sarah Silverman that screens Wednesday night at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Source: THR