The Hollywood Reporter Trade Magazine - September 22, 1994

Masterson, Slater paired
Written by Kirk Honeycutt

Christian Slater and Mary Stuart Masterson will star in New Line Cinema's romantic comedy "Amelia and the King of Plants," due to roll Oct. 17 in New York City.

The film marks the feature directing debut of its writer, Michael Goldenberg, a playwright and screenwriter.

"He's an insightful and versatile writer," said New Line Prods. executive vice president Richard Saperstein, who represented Goldenberg when he was an ICM literary agent. "Michael has a real handle on the characters and environment, and we believe he can do this."

"Richard and I bought the script two or three months ago rather than optioning it because we had the intention of making it," said Michael De Luca, president of New Line Prods. "We went right to cast with the script."

Allen Mindel and Denise Shaw will produce with John Hartwick acting as line producer. The project has a budget of less than $15 million, De Luca said.

"Amelia" tells of the romance of a workaholic attorney (Masterson), who finds love with a widowed floral delivery man (Slater).

Slater, who previously starred in New Line's 1990 "Pump Up the Volume," stars in the upcoming "Interview With the Vampire." Masterson most recently appeared in "Benny & Joon."