William H. Macy and Meg Ryan are headlining “The Deal,” based on Peter Lefcourt’s comedic novel about Hollywood reports Variety.
Macy will play a down-on-his-luck Hollywood producer who cons a major studio into financing a $100 million action adventure script about 19th century British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli.
When the leading man gets kidnapped, and the picture is shut down, the producer and a Hollywood studio exec use the studio’s blocked funds to make a completely different picture without telling the studio.
Macy co-wrote the script with Steven Schachter (“The Wool Cap,” “Door to Door”) who will direct the independently financed $8 million project. Shooting begins in South Africa in March.