‘Slugger’ sends tyro to bat

Bookstaver to make helming debut with laffer at Miramax

A short film has gone a long way for Sanford Bookstaver: The one-time assistant to DreamWorks co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg has closed a deal to make his feature directing debut with “Slugger,” a comedy set up at Miramax Films.

While working as Katzenberg’s assistant, Bookstaver wrote and directed the short film “Scriptfellas,” which starred Paul Sorvino; pic parodied Martin Scorsese’s “GoodFellas” and brought the writer-director into the public eye, leading to the feature gig.

Project will be produced by Demi Moore, Andrea Asimov and Daneen Conroy. Miramax senior veep of creative affairs Amy Slotnick will oversee the project.

Penned by Bruce Graham and Steven Gary Banks, “Slugger” follows a 10-year-old boy who learns to play baseball and overcome the death of his father, with a lot of help from the ghost of Babe Ruth.

Bookstaver directed episodes of “The Others” for NBC. He also helmed episodes of “Cover Me” for USA Networks and is now working on the David Richardson-created “Manhattan, AZ” for USA Networks.

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