Hi-def arm of 2929 to take on 'Diggers'

NEW YORK — HDNet Films, the hi-def feature production arm of Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban’s 2929 Entertainment, has greenlit the period piece “Diggers,” starring Paul Rudd, Ken Marino, Josh Hamilton, Ron Eldard, Maura Tierney, Lauren Ambrose and Sarah Paulson.

Script was penned by Marino; Katherine Dieckmann (“A Good Baby”) will helm.

Plot concerns two generations of hard-living clam diggers trying to maintain their way of life in the midst of enormous changes in the Hamptons during the 1970s.

HDNet Films’ heads Jason Kliot and Joana Vicente will produce along with Marino and Anne Chaisson.

Cuban and Wagner will exec produce.

Pic will be distributed simultaneously in theatrical, homevideo and cable markets through 2929’s Magnolia Pictures distribution arm, Landmark Theaters cinema chain and HDNet Movies network. Homevid plans are not yet in place.

Dieckmann is a filmmaker, journalist and critic whose helming debut, “Good Baby,” was released in 2000 by Curb Entertainment. She has also directed musicvids for bands R.E.M. and Wilco.

HDNet Films’ credits include Alex Gibney’s docu “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room.” Unit is in production on Matt Tauber’s “All Fall Down” and is in post on Alex Steyermark’s “One Last Thing.”

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