High-profile filmmaker Dan Lin of The Lego Movie franchise is producing a picture for Disney that centers on a woman with a history of bad luck of epic proportions. Everyone in the small town where she lives wins a lottery except her.
The woman’s misfortune actually turns out to be a blessing in disguise, because it ultimately allows her to save her town from ruin.
The picture is based on a New York Times article by Suzanne Daley about what happened in the tiny town of Sodeto, Spain, when all the citizens except one contributed to the national lottery and won a $950 million jackpot.
Originally envisioned for a male lead, the film was previously titled Lucky Guy. Now that the character is a woman, a female-centric script is being written by Martin Hynes, best known for the 2007 Zooey Deschanel comedy The Go-Getter.
It was recently announced that Will Gluck is set to oversee the rewrite and direct the film. Gluck has a reputation for directing youth-oriented hit comedies, like the Emma Stone breakthrough Easy A and the star-studded romantic romp Friends with Benefits, which he co-wrote. Gluck’s last project was the 2014 Annie remake.
In addition to The Lego Batman Movie, Dan Lin is working on a number of other exciting films, including a new installment of the Sherlock Holmes franchise and the Steve Carell comedy Acme.