Ringwald, Rees, Skye on board
Molly Ringwald, James LeGros, Hal Linden, Roger Rees and Harvey Fierstein will topline the $1 million-plus Gotham indie pic “Jump” under first-timer Justin McCarthy’s helm.Low-budget pic will also feature a slew of indie stars, including Ione Skye (“Gas, Food & Lodging”), Mike McGlone (“Brothers McMullen”), Jessica Hecht (“Friends”), Samia Shoaib (“Pi”) and Peter Appel (“Extreme Measures,” “The Professional”). McCarthy’s brother Andrew (“St. Elmo’s Fire”) is also slated to take a cameo role as a clown. Suicide threatened Pic is a comedy about a New York guy who stands on the ledge of his building, threatening to jump. Each of his friends comes up to the roof to discuss the situation with him. But instead of talking him down, they each become obsessed with their own lives. McCarthy, a stage actor in New York for the last decade, will make his directing and screenwriting debut with “Jump.” Galt Niederhoffer is producing through her Giv’en Films banner. Pic is slated to start shooting Tuesday in Gotham. Serious interest Niederhoffer expects McCarthy to draw serious industry attention for “Jump.” “Justin and this film will exfoliate the pimples off the acne-scarred face of independent film,” Niederhoffer said. Budget was raised through private investors. Niederhoffer, 22, has already produced four pics, including the Morgan Freeman-directed “Hurricane Streets”; “Shepherd,” starring Tom Arnold and Amy Irving; “Restaurant,” starring Adrian Brody; and the upcoming shoot on “The Mao Game” with Kirstie Alley and Piper Laurie. For Ringwald, the pic will be another return to low-budget indie fare. She spent the summer shooting Miramax’s “Killing Mrs. Tingle” and the L.A. indie pic “The Giving Tree.” Her deal was brokered by Allison Levy of Innovative Artists and manager Jason Weinberg.