Jennifer Garner and her production company have been attached to this much-buzzed about project Butter for the past year, and it now looks like it is finally moving forward.
Something of a political satire from screenwriter Jason Micallef, Butter centers on a young orphan who upon being adopted by a Midwestern family, discovers she has an uncanny talent for butter-carving. Her abilities pit her against the ambitious wife of the retired reigning champion in a town’s annual butter-sculpting contest. (Micallef’s debut screenplay landed on both 2008’s Black List along with winning a Nicholl Fellowship.)
The film, which was originally set up at Mandate Pictures, now belongs to Weinstein Co., which hired Jim Field Smith, the director behind the upcoming She’s Out of My League, to helm.
Says Garner last night at the Valentine’s Day premiere, “We are just about to get greenlit, so I will be diving into butter and learning how to fake it. I am sure we will have to hire professionals to make the final products but I’m looking forward to picking up some new skills. Maybe they will come in handy during a family holiday.”