It's rare these days for a screenplay to fetch its writer a seven-figure deal, but if you're last film was the indie hit '(500) Days of Summer' and your pitch includes a royal wedding, it seems you're golden. In the smartest strike-while-the-iron-is-hot news we've heard in a long time, 'Summer' scribes Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber have sold a pitch about a Midwestern girl who travels to the United Kingdom only to fall in love and marry a prince, Deadline reports.
Neustadter and Weber's pitch ignited a bidding war between multiple studios, with Sony Pictures ultimately securing the rights to the script. The film is described as "'Notting Hill' meets 'Meet the Royal Parents.'"
Based on the two movies mentioned, Cinema Blend speculates that the film could "focus on the culture clash between her salt-of-the-earth parents and the stuffy royals." Given how clever '(500) Days of Summer' was, we hope this will be far more than a retooling of Julia Stiles' 2004 rom-com 'The Prince and Me.'
In 'The Prince and Me,' Stiles' character Paige is a student at a Wisconsin university and falls for an incognito Danish prince, played by Luke Mably. After his true identity is revealed, Paige travels to Copenhagen to win over the royal court, including Miranda Richardson's Queen Rosalind, who is initially reluctant to accept Paige but inevitably falls for her (just like everyone else).
For a bit of early aughts nostalgia, check out a clip from 'The Prince and Me':
Royal watchers and those who couldn't care less are currently being slammed with coverage of Prince William and Kate Middleton's nuptials. The expected global audience for the wedding is expected to be nearly 2 billion, more than double the number reached when Prince Charles married Princess Diana in 1981.
Around 140 broadcast trucks with satellite uplinks are expected in London's Green Park, near Westminster Abbey, where the wedding ceremony will take place, and every major broadcaster in the world is expected to set up shop somewhere along the procession route. The three major U.S. networks -- ABC, CBS and NBC -- all have elaborate plans for the big day, from live coverage beginning as early as 3AM EST to primetime specials about the royal couple. CNN will have one of its biggest stars, U.K. native Piers Morgan, on the scene because of his connections to the royal family -- "I have connections that most American anchors can only dream of," he told EW -- and Fox News is looking to its sister channel in the U.K. to bolster its coverage.
Sadly, the Abbey itself is so small that Prince Charles' office had to decline News Corp Chairman Rupert Murdoch's request to shoot the wedding in 3D -- there simply wasn't enough room for the necessary equipment.