DANIEL BARNZ TO DIRECT "BEASTLY" FOR CBS FILMS
Daniel Barnz has signed on to direct "Beastly" for CBS Films, it was announced today by Amy Baer, President and Chief Executive Officer of CBS Films, a division of the CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS.A and CBS).
Barnz also penned the screenplay for "Beastly," which is based on the novel of the same name by Alex Flinn. Susan Cartsonis is producing the film through her company, Storefront Films. Roz Weisberg is co-producer.
An edgy romance, the story centers on a handsome, yet arrogant, 17 year old who is physically transformed and must find true love to break the curse.
Barnz wrote and directed "Phoebe in Wonderland" which premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for the Grand Jury prize. The film stars Felicity Huffman, Elle Fanning and Patricia Clarkson.
Prior to working on "Phoebe in Wonderland," Barnz was a screenwriter. He attended Yale University and the University of Southern California Film School.
"Daniel's fresh vision makes him one of the most exciting directors of his generation," says Baer. "We are thrilled to partner with him as he brings his unique voice to arguably the most universally resonant myth in storytelling."
About CBS Films
CBS Films, established in 2007, plans to develop and produce four to six movies a year spanning all genres, with production budgets up to $50 million per film.
CBS Films is currently in pre-production on two films: "The Untitled Crowley Project," a drama starring Harrison Ford and Brendan Fraser, under the direction of Tom Vaughan; and the romantic comedy "Plan B," starring Jennifer Lopez, under director Alan Poul. The company's development slate includes such titles as "Permission," written by Karen McCullah Lutz; "Consent To Kill," an action-thriller based on the Mitch Rapp character from the best-selling Vince Flynn novels; "The Eternals" from writer Chris Hauty and director Jeff Wadlow; and a remake of "My Fair Lady," based on the classic musical by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, which is being co-developed with Columbia Pictures.
About CBS Corporation
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