Paul Haggis’ Script Honeymoon With Harry Picks Up De Niro, Demme and Cooper

Posted by August 2, 2010 Comment

First, there was a novel by Bart Baker. It was optioned and Paul Haggis was hired to adapt it. Haggis launched his directing career with Crash and became attached to this film, bringing interest from Vince Vaughn and Jack Nicholson. Then there was a fight over money, and the film stalled.

For  a couple of years, nothing. Now Deadline bring news of a complete talent change:

Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper two weeks ago read the lead roles in a run-through organized by New Line at De Niro’s Tribeca Productions offices. Now, Jonathan Demme is circling the project. All this has created the sense of optimism that a script regularly featured on “best unmade” lists is finally on a fast track.

They had me at Demme.

Here’s the official log line for the script:

A recovering self-destructive womanizer loses his fiancee in a car accident two days before their wedding and ends up going on his honeymoon with the fiancee’s father, who detests him, so they can scatter her ashes.

Cooper and De Niro would play the fiance and father, resp. It’s another “father doesn’t like daughter’s partner” role for De Niro, but clearly much more straight than in the Fockers films.

We’ll get our first look at De Niro and Cooper on screen together in Neil Burger’s Dark Fields. The above image is an on-set picture from that production.

The Deadline article also comments on how Bart Barker’s novel has never, in all of these years, found a publisher. Doesn’t seem fair, really.

(Last Updated August 3, 2010 7:28 am )