Oscar winner Nicolas Cage is in talks to star in "Lost Melody," an indie movie that will be directed by Terry Zwigoff ("Bad Santa") and produced by Edward R. Pressman ("American Psycho").
According to Pressman, Zwigoff has his eye on Cage to play a man who's trapped in a marriage to a shrewish wife and falls in love with a prostitute.
Zwigoff co-wrote the script with Melissa Axelrod. Anthony Scaramucci will executive produce with Pressman Film's COO Jon Katz.
Pressman recently worked with Cage on Werner Herzog's "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans."
"When considering a project, I think it most important that the director and the film live in the same universe and Terry certainly achieves this with 'Lost Melody,'" said Pressman. "I’ve always wanted to work with Terry and am excited to be teaming on a wonderful darkly-funny drama in the tradition of such classics as 'The Blue Angel' and 'Sunset Boulevard.'"
Zwigoff (pictured, right) is known for such idiosyncratic films as "Ghost World," "Bad Santa" and the acclaimed 1994 documentary "Crumb." He's also developing an upcoming comedy starring "SNL" alum Fred Armisen formerly known as "Justice for Al" that he co-wrote with Axelrod. He's repped by WME and attorney Warren Dern.
Pressman previously produced Oliver Stone's "Wall Street" and executive produced Terrence Malick's "Badlands" and Jason Reitman's "Thank You for Smoking." He's currently developing a reinvention of the 1994 cult hit "The Crow" for Relativity, a remake of the iconic action movie "Bloodsport" and "Happy Valley," a biopic about the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno that will star Al Pacino and be directed by Brian De Palma.