Patrick Wachsberger

Patrick Wachsberger and writer-director Siân Heder are reuniting following their Sundance sensation CODA, with Wachsberger’s Picture Perfect Federation teaming with Black Label Media and Marsh Entertainment to develop the rom-com feature Impossible.

Heder wrote and will direct the project based on Sarah Lotz’s forthcoming novel of the same name about Nick, a ghostwriter who is a disappointment to himself and his soon-to-be-ex-wife, and Bee, a commitment-phobe content on repurposing wedding dresses rather than finding a reason to wear one herself.

The two are meant to be together, but fate has other plans. They form an instant connection after a misdirected email lands in Bee’s inbox, and over time develop feelings for each other. When they meet they realise it is love at the right time, but in the wrong place.

Wachsberger, who described Heder as “one of the world’s most promising writer/directors”, and Ashley Stern are producing via Picture Perfect Federation with Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill, and Thad Luckinbill of the Black Label Media, and Sherry Marsh of Marsh Entertainment.

Heder, whose feature directing credits include Tallulah, called the novel as “an inventive and surprising look at the choices we make and how they have a butterfly effect in shaping who we are”.

CODA was acquired by Apple in a record $25m worldwide rights deal at Sundance, where it won the U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic, Audience Award: U.S. Dramatic, U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Ensemble Cast; and Directing Award: U.S. Dramatic prizes.

In the works for Picture Perfect Federation, the joint venture between Picture Perfect Entertainment and Federation Entertainment, are series The Banker’s Wife for Amazon, with producer Sherry Marsh of Marsh Entertainment.

Marsh is an executive producer on the History Channel series Vikings, spin-off Valhalla with MGM and Netflix, and FX drama Pose.