Miramax getting helmer O’Haver for ‘Alison’ pic

'All That' scribe penned romantic comedy

Miramax Films has closed a deal with helmer Tommy O’Haver (“Billy’s Hollywood Screen Kiss”) to direct “Getting Over Alison.”

Pic is slated to begin lensing in April or May and is out to talent for casting.

Michael Burns and Marc Butan of Ignite Entertainment are producing. R. Lee Fleming Jr., who wrote Miramax’s “She’s All That,” penned the script.

Miramax senior veeps of production Jill Messick and Jeremy Kramer will oversee the project for the mini-major.

“Alison” is a romantic comedy about a high school basketball star who quits the team and joins a production of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in order to win back his ex- girlfriend.

O’Haver’s “Billy’s Hollywood Screen Kiss” was released by Trimark Pictures in 1998.

O’Haver has set up “White Trash Christmas” at New Line and is attached to direct “Archie,” in turnaround at Universal.

Ignite produced and then sold “But I Am a Cheerleader,” which Fine Line Features picked up at last year’s Toronto film fest.

O’Haver’s deal was handled by manager Paul Nelson at Gold/Miller; agents Michael Sheresky, Ramses IsHak and Todd Harris at WMA; and attorney Randy Paul of Gipson, Hoffman and Pancione.

Miramax’s Eric Roth, veep of business and legal affairs, negotiated the mini-major’s end of the pact.

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