Newly-launched global sales banner Palisades Park Pictures announced today that two-time Academy Award® nominee John Travolta (Grease, Pulp Fiction, Saturday Night Fever) and Katherine Heigl (“Grey’s Anatomy,” 27 Dresses, “Firefly Lane”) will star in the heartwarming romantic comedy That’s Amore!. Academy Award® winning actor Christopher Walken (Catch Me If You Can, “Severance,” The Deer Hunter) is currently in talks to board the film, which was written and will be directed by two-time Academy Award® winner Nick Vallelonga (Green Book).
Vallelonga also will produce through his Vallelonga Productions, alongside Cassian Elwes under his Elevated FIlms banner, and Brenda Emmett & Vince Emmett of American Troubadours. Executive Producers are David Polemeni and PPP’s Tamara Birkemoe and Mark Damon, who will introduce the film to international buyers at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival. Cassian Elwes will co-represent the U.S. rights with PPP. Production on That’s Amore! is set to begin in August 2023.
That’s Amore! is a warm, romantic comedy filled to the brim with old-time charm, values, love, family, and music. Nick Venere (a singing, dancing Travolta) is a modern-day “Marty” – he’s never been married and his best dating years are well behind him. He’s never heard the words “I love you” and figures he never will. Patty Amore (Heigl) has her share of problems as well. Shy and introverted, she’s filled with various tics and nervous habits. A secret from her past, combined with her over-protective father, have caused her to withdraw from the dating game. When Nick and Patty meet, literally bumping into one another, 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.
“We could not be more excited to announce That’s Amore! as the first title on PPP’s slate,” remarked CEO Tamara Birkemoe. “This film’s unparalleled star power and endearing, romantic charm is a testament to the quality of films that PPP will continue to present to buyers at forthcoming film markets.”