Less than one day after earning a top-3 spot on our annual Hit List, TB has exclusively learned that actor, producer, director Drew Barrymore has signed on to direct the coming-of-age drama WHEN THE STREETLIGHTS GO ON. The film, which is set to be produced by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer via their Imagine Entertainment company hit the market back in July of this year, and has quietly gained a lot of fanfare amongst execs around town. Now, a few months later, and after making the top 3 (out of 83) count of our best spec scripts of the year list, the project begins its journey from beloved script, to fast-tracked film. The story, which recounts a man’s coming-of-age events amidst a small town murder mystery is written by co-writers Eddie O’Keefe and Chris Hutton.
Manager Tariq Merhab, and WME agents Sarah Self and Simon Faber repped the sale to Imagine.
Barrymore, who last directed the Ellen Page-starred “Whip It” currently has the Warner Bros. projects “Heist Society” and “Surrender Dorothy” on her directing slate alongside New Line’s “How to Be Single”. As an actress she also stars in the upcoming Universal pic “Big Miracle” (previously, and significantly better known as “Everybody Loves Whales”).
Barrymore is repped by Peter Levine and Bryan Lourd at CAA.