Alec Baldwin will star in the Michael Corrente-helmed feature “Outside Providence,” it was confirmed Tuesday.
He plays the father of a blue collar teenager, portrayed by Shawn Hatosy, who is sent to an elite prep school.
Shooting begins Oct. 27 on the film, which was adapted by Corrente, Peter Farrelly and Bobby Farrelly from Peter Farrelly’s comic novel of the same name.
Corrente fell in love with the book almost a decade ago when he picked up a remaindered copy in a Long Island bookstore. The Providence native, who went on to direct “Federal Hill” and “American Buffalo,” was working as a carpenter at the time and had yet to make a film.
Nonetheless, he tracked down Farrelly in L.A. and told him he wanted to make a movie of “Providence.” Farrelly, also Rhode Islander, agreed, but it wasn’t until years later, after the two brothers made the surprise blockbuster “Dumb and Dumber,” that the three got together on the project.
Producer Randy Finch brought the project to MTV Films and Paramount Pictures, where the screenwriters cut a unique deal. The studio paid them to produce a finished screenplay, with the stipulation that if the film was not put into production in 60 days, Corrente and the Farrellys could buy back the rights and make the film independently.
“We brought it to them and they started to make suggestions,” recalls Corrente. “They wanted a cast list. I said, ‘No, that’s not the deal,’ and I wrote them a check for $170,000.”
“The deal required us to make a quick-trigger decision and we did,” said president of Paramount Motion Pictures John Goldwyn. “We decided not to make it.”
Corrente and Finch then raised the film’s $7 million production budget through a limited partnership, made up primarily of Rhode Island-based private investors.
Worldwide rights to “Providence” remain available, and are being handled by the William Morris Agency’s Cassian Elwes. The filmmakers are discussing a possible international distribution deal with Screenland Pictures, the specialty production arm of foreign sales company Imperial Entertainment.
Finch’s producing credits include Miramax’s 1997 release “Substance of Fire” and the NBC telefilm “Carolina Skeletons.” He also exec produced “Federal Hill.”
Baldwin is currently on screen in 20th Century Fox’s “The Edge.” His previous credits include “Hunt for Red October” and “Malice.” He was repped in the deal by the William Morris Agency’s Johnnie Planco.
Hatosy was repped by Paradigm agents Sandi Dudek and Scott Melrose, and his managers Mary Erickson and Bill Treusch.