Billy Crystal is attached to star in the upcoming comedy Winter’s Discontent as a widower who moves into a reputed active adult community in hopes of reinvigorating his sex life. Frank Oz will direct the comedy. The announcement was jointly made today by Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures, and Steve Bersch, president of Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions, Atlas’ Charles Roven, and Sierra/Affinity’s CEO Nick Meyer.
Written by Paul Fruchbom, Winter’s Discontent was featured on Hollywood’s “The Black List,” famously comprised of highly anticipated screenplays.
Commenting on the announcement, Roven said, “We’re thrilled by the way this project is coming together. We are big believers in the humor and the emotion in this story and we think that Frank and Billy have a terrific take on the material that will connect with audiences everywhere.”
The film will be produced by Atlas Entertainment with Charles Roven and Alex Gartner serving as producers. Executive producers are Nick Meyer, Marc Schaberg, Kelly McCormick and Jake Kurily. Sam Dickerman is overseeing the project for Columbia Pictures.
Sony Pictures will distribute the film domestically and has also acquired rights in select international territories. Sierra Pictures will finance the film and Sierra/Affinity will handle additional foreign sales on the title in Cannes.