12 May 2017


Goldberg and Esposito Will Star Alongside Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church

Content Media To Handle international Sales and Introduce the Project in Cannes

Los Angeles, California – May 12, 2017 – Academy Award® winner Whoopi Goldberg (THE COLOR PURPLE, SISTER ACT, GHOST) and Giancarlo Esposito (OKJA, BREAKING BAD, BETTER CALL SAUL, MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE) have signed on to star alongside Toni Collette (THE SIXTH SENSE, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, MURIEL’S WEDDING) and Thomas Haden Church (SIDEWAYS, DIVORCE) in the comedy of mistaken identity SHRIVER.

Content Media has acquired sales rights to the ensemble-led comedy and will be introducing the project to buyers for the first time in Cannes.  Additional cast are expected to join the project in the coming weeks.

SHRIVER tells the story of a loner mistaken for a renowned but reclusive author.  He suddenly finds himself the center of attention at a writer’s conference celebrating the 20th anniversary of the book written by the real author.  Shriver takes on the mistaken identity while sparking a romance with the English professor who runs the conference. He is about to pull it all off when the real Shriver appears leading to fantastic comedic crescendo.  

Michael Maren (A SHORT HISTORY OF DECAY, HAPPILY EVER AFTER: FAIRY TALES FOR EVERY CHILD) is directing SHRIVER from a screenplay he wrote himself which is based on the novel by the same name written by Chris Belden.

Producing the film are Thruline’s Josh Kesselman (DEATH AT A FUNERAL, ASHBY, A FEW BEST MEN) and Alfred Sapse (A SHORT HISTORY OF DECAY, POUND OF FLESH). 

SHRIVER is currently in pre-production and is scheduled to begin shooting later this year. 

Jamie Carmichael, Content’s President of Film said, “From the very beginning we just loved the clever premise and I’m already imagining the laugh out loud moments that this superlative cast will deliver!  We’re really excited to be working with Michael, Josh and Alfred on this wonderful comedy.”

Producers Sapse and Kesselman said: “It is great to be collaborating with Content on Shriver. We feel we have found the perfect home for the film.”


In addition to SHRIVER, Content’s impressive international sales slate includes the comedy AN ACTOR PREPARES starring Jeremy Irons and Jack Huston; the elevated Sci-Fi film ‘2067’ from Seth Larney; the Manolo Blahnik documentary MANOLO: THE BOY WHO MADE SHOES FOR LIZARDS; the Sci-Fi mystery ORIGIN UNKNOWN starring Katee Sackhoff; Tribeca’s premiere documentary ELIÁN executive produced by Academy Award® winner Alex Gibney, Dan Bush’s supernatural thriller heist THE VAULT, starring James Franco, Francesca Eastwood, Taryn Manning and Scott Haze; action-thriller THE WORKER, starring Michael Peña, directed by action director Dan Bradley and produced alongside Jeremy Renner’s company The Combine; a documentary feature about the inspiring, Olympic hero turned convicted murder Oscar Pistorius (PISTORIUS); the Maria Callas biopic CALLAS & ONASSIS, starring Noomi Rapace with Niki Caro directing and Sci-Fi epic feature HIGHER POWER.