Trade Breaks: Latin, Miracle, Joan, Case

“New Line has picked up comedy pitch “The Latin Lover” from Spanish movie star Santiago Segura (“Torrente”). The story revolves around two seasoned lotharios who place a wager on whether they can transform their country club janitor into a debonair playboy in an attempt to determine whether the art of seduction is an innate talent or something that can be taught…” (full details)

“Former Universal exec Randy Greenberg has acquired feature rights to Dr. Irene Kassorla’s biography “Miracle at Springfield Hospital” and hired Nancy Hendrickson to adapt. The story centers on Kassorla’s early career as the only female doctoral student at the U. of London’s Institute of Psychiatry and her rehabilitation of a catatonic schizophrenic patient. She went on to become a pioneer in the field of discussing psychology on TV along with becoming an author of self-help tomes and treating one Monica Lewinsky…” (full details)

“Constantin Film has stopped production on its medieval drama “Pope Joan” as the German company pursues a $3 million lawsuit against John Goodman for allegedly reneging on an agreement to star in the picture. Constantin confirmed Thursday that it has canceled the “Pope” shoot, which was set to begin May 12 in Sofia, Bulgaria. The company declined to say when the production would go ahead…” (full details)

“Lionsgate has acquired exclusive North American home entertainment distribution rights to three DVD documentaries based on the best-selling books by leading Christian nonfiction author Lee Strobel: “The Case for Christ,” “The Case for a Creator” and “The Case for Faith.” Additionally, Lionsgate has arranged for Christian publishing giant Thomas Nelson Inc. to distribute its product including upcoming inspirational titles such as “Church Boy,” based on the true story of gospel music icon Kirk Franklin, and a feature adaptation of Thomas Kinkade’s painting “The Christmas Cottage”…” (full details)