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Hugh Grant Follows Up 'Cloud Atlas' Villains with Untitled Marc Lawrence Romantic Comedy

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood October 22, 2012 at 12:59PM

Hugh Grant will follow up his audacious multiple villains in "Cloud Atlas" with a return to the romantic comedy genre in writer/director Marc Lawrence’s new untitled romantic comedy. It will start shooting in New York in April 2013.
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Hugh Grant in 'Cloud Atlas'
Hugh Grant in 'Cloud Atlas'

Hugh Grant will follow up his audacious multiple villains in "Cloud Atlas" with a return to the romantic comedy genre in writer/director Marc Lawrence’s new untitled romantic comedy. It will start shooting in New York in April 2013. 

Martin Shafer will produce with Liz Glotzer for Castle Rock Entertainment. There is no distribution deal as yet. Grant has done well with Lawrence and Castle Rock Entertainment over the years: “Two Weeks Notice,” “Music and Lyrics,” “Did You Hear About the Morgans?” and “Miss Congeniality” 1 & 2.

In this Hollywood comedy, we see Ray Michaels (Grant) who back in 1998 was flying high as a successful, debonair and suave Englishman in Hollywood who had just won the Best Screenplay Oscar. But fifteen years later, he’s divorced, out of creative mojo and available cash. So he takes a gig teaching screenwriting at a small college on the East Coast. There his romantic options are more open.

Shafer, Glotzer and Castle Rock Entertainment recently produced Richard Linklater’s “Bernie" (Millennium Entertainment), “Friends with Benefits” (Screen Gems), and Whit Stillman’s “Damsels in Distress" (Sony Pictures Classics).  They  are executive producing Linklater's upcoming “Before Midnight” which brings back Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy in the third installment of the "Before Sunrise" series. 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.