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January 17, 2009 12:27 AM
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Overture Sets Hoffman's Directorial Debut

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Ryan, John Ortiz and Daphne Rubin-Vega are set to star in "Jack Goes Boating," which will also mark the directorial debut of Hoffman. The announcement was made by Overture Films' CEO Chris McGurk and COO Danny Rosett along with Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf of Big Beach. The film is being co-financed and produced by Big Beach. Turtletaub and Saraf will produce along with independent producer Beth O'Neil and Emily Ziff of Cooper's Town Productions with Hoffman and Ortiz executive producing. Overture will distribute the film domestically.

"Boating" will be adapted from the well-received off-Broadway production written by Bob Glaudini. The ensemble piece, which debuted at Hoffman's and Ortiz's LAByrinth Theater Company, is an unconventional romantic comedy set in New York City.

"It is beyond gratifying to see this film come to life and we could not be in better hands than with Overture and Big Beach as our partners," said Hoffman in a statement.

In June, Overture announced a production deal with Hoffman's and Ziff's Cooper's Town Productions. "Jack Goes Boating" is the first film the two companies will produce together. The film is currently in pre-production and is scheduled to start principal photography on February 9th in New York City.

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