Damon, Affleck, Miramax along for 'Wheel' ride

Sep. 28, 1999 - By Dana Harris

Miramax Films has picked up North American, Australian, New Zealand and U.K. rights to "The Third Wheel," a romantic comedy executive produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.

Produced by Damon and Affleck's Pearl Street Prods. in association with HSI Entertainment and Tomorrow Films, "Third Wheel" stars Denise Richards, Luke Wilson, Affleck and Jay Lacopo.

Directed by Jordan Brady ("Dill Scallion") from a script by Lacopo, "Third Wheel" follows an average guy who finally gets a date with the girl of his dreams only to discover that the couple must spend the night with an uninvited stranger.

Producers on the project are Chris Moore of Fusion Studios and HSI's Adam Rosenfelt, Chad Snopek and Stavros Merjos. Damon, Affleck and Tomorrow Films' president Yoram Pelman are executive producers.

Negotiating on behalf of Miramax were Bob Osher, co-president of production; Steven Hutensky, senior vp business and legal affairs; Andrew Herwitz, senior vp acquisitions and business affairs; and Eric Roth, vp business and legal affairs. Pelman and Lonnie Ramati, vp legal and business affairs, represented Tomorrow in the negotiations.