EXCLUSIVE: Will Gluck looks to be getting back to his rom com roots and looks to have landed two of the most sought after stars in town for his next project. Sources tell Deadline, Sony Pictures has acquired an untitled R-rated romantic comedy, with Sydney Sweeney and Glen Powell set to star and Gluck directing. While the plot is being kept under wraps, the project is based on Ilana Wolpert’s script, which Gluck is re-writing.

Joe Roth, Jeff Kirschenbaum, and Gluck (who has a first look deal along with his Olive Bridge Entertainment with Sony) are producing with Sweeney exec producing for Fifty-Fifty Films. Natalie Sellers and Alyssa Altman are also exec producing for RK Films.

Sony landed the highly-coveted package at the end of last year and after figuring out Sweeney’s schedule with her Euphoria dates, shooting is expected to start at the end of next month.

Following her Emmy-nominated work in HBO’s hit shows Euphoria and White Lotus, Sweeney has been spent her Euphoria hiatus building up an impressive upcoming slate starting with the Sony Marvel pic Madame Web. That production finished last year but began a new strong relationship with the studio and the budding star, as Sony would then land the rights to the package The Registration that she is attached to star and produce. She is also attached to exec produce and star in a new Barbarella movie at Sony Pictures and has also also recently partnered with Endeavor Content to produce a TV adaptation of The Players Table. She recently wrapped production on National Anthem as well.

For Powell, the new film returns him to his rom com roots as well after his career was launched in Netflix’s The Set Up opposite Zoey Deutch. In 2022, Powell is coming off a huge year starting with one of the biggest films of the year inTop Gun: Maverick. He was also recently seen in the historical war epic Devotion, with award-winning actor Jonathan Majors for Sony Pictures. Powell is also an executive producer on Devotion. Additionally, Powell will team with Chris Morgan in the Sci-Fi action thriller Deputy X for Universal Pictures and has signed on to the buddy comedy film Foreign Relations, where he will star alongside Nick Jonas.

Best known for his hit comedies Easy A and Friends With Benefits, Gluck is currently developing End Of The World, an action comedy, which he wrote with Chris Bremner and which Gluck will direct and Just Dance for Ubisoft which Gluck wrote with AC Bradley and Gluck will also direct. On the TV side, Gluck is adapting Chameleon: Hollywood Con Queen with Noah Pink for Peacock, which he will direct and produce. He is also producing the Blacklist-topping Move On, a sci-fi romance by Ken Kobayashi, for Sony and the live action adaptation of Aristocrats for Disney.

Wolpert is the Executive Story Editor on season 4 of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (Disney+). She is developing her original series Turn of The Century Teenage Bitch with Animal Pictures (Maya Rudolph & Natasha Lyonne), Paulilu (Paul Downs & Lucia Aniello), and 3 Arts. Previously, Wolpert sold and developed her original pilot I’m In Love With The Dancer From My Bat Mitzvah the CW with Rachel Bloom. 

Sweeney is repped by Paradigm and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller. Powell is repped by CAA, The Initiative Group, and Johnson Shapiro. Gluck is repped by UTA. Wolpert is repped by UTA, 3Arts and Ginsburg Daniels Kallis.


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