Production is underway on two unrelated projects – Marc Lawrence’s untitled romantic comedy in New York and A Fighting Man in Ontario, Canada.

Martin Shafer produces the Marc Lawrence film with Liz Glotzer for Castle Rock Entertainment. Hugh Grant, Marisa Tomei, Bella Heathcote, Chris Elliott, J K Simmons and Allison Janney star.

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Grant plays a washed-up Oscar winner who falls for a single mother while teaching screenwriting at an East Coast high school.

A Fighting Man stars Dominic Purcell, Famke Janssen, James Caan, Adam Beach, Louis Gossett Jr, Kim Coates, Michael Ironside and Sheila McCarthy.

Damian Lee directs the boxing drama from his own screenplay. The picture is a Rollercoaster Entertainment and Vortex Words + Pictures production is being produced by Gary Howsam and Bill Marks. 

TAJJ Media’s Jeff Sackman serves as executive producer and is the worldwide distributor. The story centres on a fateful contest between two men with wildly different motivations.