The Oscar-nominees and winners are aligning, as Al Pacino, Julianne Moore and Jeremy Renner team up on the directorial debut from the writer of "Crazy, Stupid, Love."
"Imagine" centers on an aging rocker (Pacino) who is inspired to put down the pipe and the whiskey bottle and reconnect with his son (Renner) after coming across an undelivered letter he wrote as a 19-year-old to John Lennon. The rock star gives up the arenas for a small New Jersey hotel, where he befriends the hotel's manager (Moore), who helps him get his life together.
Dan Fogelman, who wrote "Crazy, Stupid, Love" and "Tangled," will direct from his original screenplay. Denise DiNovi ("Batman Returns"), Jessie Nelson ("I Am Sam") and Nimitt Mankad ("Today's Special") will produce.
Inimitable Pictures and Mister Smith Entertainment will finance the picture independently.
Pacino has been largely doing cable movies in recent years, such as his Emmy-winning turn as Jack Kevorkian in "You Don't Know Jack." He can next be heard in "Despicable Me 2" and seen in the heist film "Stand Up Guys."
"Imagine" marks a change of adrenaline for Renner, who has been busy transforming himself into an action star in the likes of "The Bourne Legacy" and "The Avengers." He will next star in "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" and an untitled project from David O. Russell.
Moore previously worked with Fogelman as the adulterous wife in "Crazy, Stupid, Love." Among her upcoming projects is the remake of the horror classic "Carrie."