Helmer-scribe Christopher tops ‘Pizza’ for InDigEnt

Fast-food comedy to feature L.A. Dragnet star

Mark Christopher has signed on as writer and director of the offbeat comedy “Pizza,” the 11th project from InDigEnt, the low-budget digital initiative that has generated such titles as “Pieces of April,” “Tadpole” and “Personal Velocity.”

Principal photography will begin next month in Pennsylvania on the pic, described as a fast-food comedy about life in the slow lane.

Story chronicles the unexpected relationship that blossoms between a chubby, brainiac 18-year-old schoolgirl and a thirtysomething pizza deliveryman with a history of abortive relationships and fruitless political activism.

‘Dragnet’ star landed

Ethan Embry, who stars opposite Ed O’Neill in the new Dick Wolf/ABC series “L.A. Dragnet” and appears with Paul Walker in the upcoming Richard Donner/Paramount feature “Timeline,” has signed on to play the pizza guy.

Tim Perell and Howard Gertler of Process will produce with Gary Winick and Jake Abraham of InDigEnt. John Sloss of Cinetic Media and Jonathan Sehring and Caroline Kaplan of IFC will serve as exec producers. Holly Becker is production exec for IFC.

“What I’m most excited about with ‘Pizza’ is finally getting the chance to work with Mark,” Winick said. “He is exactly the kind of filmmaker we wanted to collaborate with when we started InDigEnt.”

Sexy format

“InDigEnt is amazing because they truly support independent visions,” Christopher said. “And DV is a perfect fit for ‘Pizza’ because it’s fast, intimate and a little bit sexy.”

After earning acclaim on the fest circuit with a series of short films, Christopher made his feature debut on Miramax’s disco-era pic “54.” His short “Alkali, Iowa” was included in Strand Releasing’s “Boys Life II” package.

InDigEnt recently wrapped principal photography in Los Angeles on Greg Harrison’s psychological drama “November,” with Courteney Cox Arquette.

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