Thesps on board NL’s ‘Campers’

Renfro, Swain take on camp roles in comedy

Brad Renfro (“Apt Pupil”) and Dominique Swain (“Lolita”) will play camp counselors bent on upending traditional camp life in New Line Cinema’s “Happy Campers,” set to shoot this fall in North Carolina.

The project, to be directed by its scribe, Daniel Waters (“Heathers,” “Batman Returns”), was set up in Oct. 1995 at Turner Pictures and ended up at Warner Bros. after Time Warner purchased the Turner assets. “Campers” was acquired by New Line after it went into turnaround.

Comedy is about a group of college freshmen who spend a summer as camp counselors. When their tyrannical camp director is accidentally put out of commission, the counselors decide to spice up the camp’s monotonous daily activities.

Renfro co-starred in the movie adaptation of John Grisham’s “The Client.” He was also in “Tom and Huck,” “Sleepers” and “Telling Lies in America.”

Swain starred in Adrian Lyne’s “Lolita” and also appeared in “Face/Off.” She will be seen in the upcoming “Mary Jane’s Last Dance,” “L’Intern” and “The Smokers.” Her “Campers” deal was handled by Tracy Brennan at ICM.

“Campers” will be produced by Denise Di Novi, who worked with Waters on “Heathers” and who was also behind “Practical Magic,” “Little Women,” “Ed Wood” and “Edward Scissorhands.” It will be co-produced by David Rubin.

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