Kirk Douglas has joined the cast of The Illusion for production house Entitled Entertainment, it was announced today (Jan 22) by partners James Burke and Scott Disharoon. Burke and Disharoon, along with Kevin Weisman and Anahid Nazarian, will serve as producers on the film, which marks actor Michael Goorjian's directorial debut. Production is scheduled to begin this month on the bittersweet romance adapted from Pierre Corneille's 17th century play L'Illusion Comique, which parallels a young man's lifelong pursuit of one woman and a dying father's estrangement from his only son.
Entitled has also optioned the rights to the spec screenplay Aurora Borealis by Brent Boyd, which will be produced by Burke and Disharoon and Rick Bieber Productions, and directed by Burke. It tells the story of a troubled young man struggling to right himself after the premature death of his father. It has also optioned the rights to the novel Getting Blue, by the novelist Peter Gethers, who will also write the screenplay for the Tribeca Films project about an athlete's search for love and the ultimate baseball moment.
The company, in conjunction with Echo Lake Productions and Revelations Entertainment, served as executive producers of Levity, the opening night film at this year's Sundance Film Festival.
Entitled Entertainment was founded in July 2002 and aims to produce two to three pictures a year in the $5-10m range. It is represented by Hillary Bibicoff at Greenberg Glusker and is currently developing an untitled project written by John Bishop, whose credits include Drop Zone and The Package.