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Breaking Upwards Duo Brings Motherf***er and Lola Versus To Fox Searchlight

Daryl Wein and Zoe Lister-Jones who just sold Lola Versus with Anne Hathaway attached, then successfully pitched another rom com going by what will be a fun title to market in Motherf***er.

After working with the Duplass bros., Fox Searchlight are enlisting the help of another indie duo to fill up their future production slate. The creative team and real-life lovebirds behind the SXSW hit Breaking Upwards, have struck not one, but a second deal with Searchlight.

Backed by Michael London’s Groundswell Productions (whose All Good Things is currently looking for a huge festival release and a second buyer after the Weinsteins gave up on the title), Daryl Wein and Zoe Lister-Jones who just sold Lola Versus with Anne Hathaway attached, then successfully pitched another rom com going by what will be a fun title to market in Motherf***er. Wein and Lister-Jones will probably flesh out that script before Wein jump onto Lola Versus.

Lister-Jones is pegged to co-star with Hathaway in Motherf***er, which tells the story centers on a man who falls in love with a woman, is brought home to meet her parents, and he falls in love with his intended’s mother. So you have two major parts to cast for this film in the boyfriend and the milf role. If all goes as planned, I imagine the romantic comedies to go into production in back to back years. Killer Films vet Jocelyn Hayes-Simpson will also produce on Motherf***er. 

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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