Getting Rid of Matthew based on the British bestseller from writer Jane Fallon, who is actually the wife of Ricky Gervais...
A hard-charging publicist whose lusty affair with a married man is ruined by his decision to leave his wife and two children for her. She invents a new persona, befriends the spurned wife and attempts to patch up the marriage up so she can be rid of him. In the process, she develops a thing for his oldest son.
The Divorce Party a Laura Dave novel that Viking will publish in May, with Gwyn Lurie (The Man Who Ate the 747) aboard to write the script.
As a husband and wife reach their 35th wedding anniversary, they hold a party to announce their divorce. It creates complications for their son, who returns home with his commitment-shy fiancee.
Then there's Counter-Clockwise from a script by Paul Bernbaum (Next, Hollywoodland).
It's a true story based on a study conducted by Harvard prof and psychologist Ellen Langer in which she tried to reverse the aging process of subjects by re-creating the era of their prime.
Nex there's Love: Todd...
A Kristen Stavola scripted drama about an aging tennis pro-turned-coach who gets schooled by a precocious teen tennis phenom. Aniston will produce with Hahn, but isn't planning to act in the film.
Then there's Chemistry from a Primetime Emmy Award nominee writer of Mystery Science Theatre 3000...
A David Sussman-scripted dramedy centered around the fact that romantic love and obsessive compulsive disorder demonstrate similar brain chemistry.
And finally they have a Dreamworks deal on The Goree Girls which Aniston does plan to star in and it's based on a first draft script by John Lee Hancock (The Alamo) which is being re-written by Margaret Nale (Warm Springs).
A fact-based adaptation of Skip Hollandsworth's Texas Monthly article about a falsely convicted woman who gives purpose to her fellow Texas inmates by starting one of America's first all-female bands.
WOW. That was exhausting!
I like the sound very much of the Counter Clockwise movie and I've heard some great things about Getting Rid of Matthew. Those two particularly could be cool but I really hope this production company wasn't created for Aniston to continue giving us her tired old rom-com's.
This article is already WAY LONG, I don't see any harm in tagging on the quotes from Aniston & Hahm about their intentions with the shingle...
"We particularly like working from books and real-life stories about distinct characters that embody something relatable and relevant about human nature's double-sided coin of vulnerability and mettle," Hahn said.
"We're drawn to stories about people finding their voice and finding their way because they help us as listeners and viewers do what we feel we're all trying to do, which is making sense of our lives through the stories of others," Aniston said. "That's why we chose the name Echo, to echo back an idea, a challenge, something that resonates through all of us."Aniston already has more than her fair share of romantic comedies on the horizon but will add one move to her CV when she finishes shooting Marley & Me alongside Owen Wilson, his first shot movie since his personal troubles last Summer. That's being filmed right now from The Devil Wears Prada director David Frankel.
Thanks to Variety for the insane amount of news which I've spent far more time than I should have writing about!