EXCLUSIVE: Nick Vallelonga, the writer, producer and actor whose work on Universal’s Green Book brought him a pair of Oscars and Golden Globes for Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture, has signed with Independent Artist Group for representation.
Directed by Peter Farrelly, the film co-written by Vallelonga was inspired by the true story of his father, Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen), a tough-nosed nightclub bouncer who took a job as the driver and bodyguard for celebrated pianist Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) during the 1960s, cultivating an unexpected bond with the eccentric musical genius while on tour with him through the racially charged Deep South.
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Released in November 2018 after world premiering at TIFF, where it won the People’s Choice Award, the DreamWorks title grossed more than $321M worldwide.
Vallelonga is fresh off success with international sales at AFM for his new film That’s Amore, a rom-com that he wrote and will direct that follows Nick Venere (Travolta), a modern-day “Marty” who’s never been married and whose best dating years are well behind him. Patty Amore (Katherine Heigl) has her share of problems as well. Shy and introverted, she’s beset with various tics and nervous habits. A secret from her past, combined with her overprotective father (Christopher Walken), have caused her to withdraw from the dating game. But when Nick and Patty meet, literally bumping into each other, they share an immediate connection. When these two emotionally damaged people attempt to date one another, their families get involved, and the results are hilarious. Vallelonga will also produce through his Vallelonga Productions.
Additional projects Vallelonga has in development include the mob movie Gambino, as well as The Big House, both of which he wrote with George Gallo. As an actor, he’s been seen in Sopranos prequel film The Many Saints of Newark, Monstrous starring Christina Ricci, and The Birthday Cake, starring Ewan McGregor and Lorraine Bracco, among other projects. The multi-hyphenate continues to be represented by Robertson Taylor Partners and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman.
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