Seann William Scott will co-produce and take the title role in the indie pic “Gary the Tennis Coach.” O.N.C. Entertainment and GreeneStreet Films are producing.
Pic will reunite Scott with his “Dude, Where’s My Car” helmer Danny Leiner, who has signed on to direct. A summer start is planned.
Underdog comedy centers on an overzealous high school janitor (Scott) who begins coaching a group of misfits to the Nebraska state championship.
Andy Stock and Rick Stempson penned the screenplay. Producing the UTA-packaged project are Scott through his Identity Films along with O.N.C.’s Michael Nathanson and GreeneStreet’s John Penotti. O.N.C.’s Peter Morgan will exec produce with Scott’s Identity partner Graham Larson and GreeneStreet’s Fisher Stevens and Tim Williams.
Scott most recently starred alongside Johnny Knoxville and Jessica Simpson in “The Dukes of Hazzard” for Warner Bros. After breakout success in the “American Pie” trilogy, Scott formed Identity with Larson and signed a deal with Universal. Shingle is currently at work developing “Nerd Camp” and “Book of Leo” for U, “The Optimist” for New Line and “Coxblocker” for Paramount. Scott is attached to star in those four pics.
Leiner most recently helmed the post-9/11 drama “Great New Wonderful,” starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Edie Falco and Tony Shalhoub. That pic will hit theaters this June from First Independent Pictures.
O.N.C.’s first production was last year’s holiday pic “Yours, Mine & Ours.” GreeneStreet is currently in post-production on “Awake,” starring Jessica Alba and Hayden Christensen, and romantic comedy “The Pleasure of Your Company,” starring Jason Biggs and Isla Fisher.