Mandate and Zaillian Team on Dinner With Herve

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Mandate Pictures and Steve Zaillian are teaming up to produce the biopic My Dinner With Herve through their co-venture Film Rites, which has a first-look deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Varity says former journalist Sacha Gervasi, who will write and direct the film, conducted the last interview with French actor Herve Villechaize — Tattoo on the TV series “Fantasy Island” — days before the actor committed suicide.

“Steve read the script as a short 10 years ago and always believed it would make a compelling feature,” Gervasi told the trade. “Herve wasn’t just a pop culture icon; he was one of the most charming, cultured and dangerous people I’ve ever met. His is the story of a unique misfit trying to find his place in the world.”

My Dinner With Herve will be produced by Zaillian and executive produced by Mandate’s president Nathan Kahane. Film Rites’ Garrett Basch and Mandate’s Tendo Nagenda will also serve in some producing capacity.

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