Patrick Swayze has reached an agreement to star in director Jeremiah Chechik’s “Tall Tale,” transforming Caravan Pictures’ $ 650,000-$ 750,000 spec script acquisition into a go picture five months after the new banner acquired the project.
Scott Glenn has closed a deal to play the villain, rounding out a cast that includes “Man Without a Face” co-star Nick Stahl and Oliver Platt (“Indecent Proposal”).
Swayze will play Pecos Bill in “Tall Tale,” the story of a 10-year-old boy who seeks out legends Pecos Bill, Paul Bunyan and John Henry in an attempt to save his family and home from a villainous man.
Commitments from Swayze and Glenn push “Tall Tale” into production, with lensing scheduled to begin Sept. 14. Pic will be distributed by Walt Disney Studios.
“Tall Tale” was one of the first major acquisitions by Caravan when company principals Joe Roth and Roger Birnbaum split from 20th Century Fox to build their own company. The company paid $ 200,000 against a purchase price of $ 650, 000-$ 750,000 for the Steven L. Bloom/Robert Rodat screenplay (Daily Variety, March 26).
Swayze is represented by William Morris Agency senior VP Nicole David; Glenn was represented by Intl. Creative Management’s Toni Howard in negotiations.