‘Monty’ helmer goes to pot

Cattaneo directs 'Millers' for New Line

In his first job for an American studio, Peter Cattaneo (“The Full Monty”) has been tapped by New Line to direct “We’re the Millers,” a comedy about a marijuana dealer trying to get out of the business after making one last score by smuggling 1,400 pounds of pot from Mexico.

Cattaneo, who received an Oscar nomination for “Monty,” his debut feature, is finishing post on “Pobby and Dingan,” an Australia/U.K. co-produced family pic. His only other movie since “Monty” was “Lucky Break,” a 2001 comedy for U.K. company FilmFour distribbed in the U.S. by Paramount and Miramax.

“The G force of going from zero to ‘Monty’ was so tremendous that I felt I needed to make a couple of personal features before I could come and make a Hollywood picture,” he told Daily Variety.

With the helmer on board, New Line will move onto casting for “Millers.” Aim is to start shooting this summer.

Studio bought “We’re the Millers” as a spec from scribes Steve Faber and Bob Fisher last year. Duo also penned New Line’s Owen Wilson-Vince Vaughn comedy “Wedding Crashers,” which is set for a July release.

Vincent Newman, Tucker Tooley and Happy Walters are producing “We’re the Millers,” with Matthew Weaver co-producing. David Heyman exec produces with JC Spink and Chris Bender co-exec producing. New Line’s Richard Brener, Cale Boyter and Magnus Kim oversee the project for the studio.

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