Tolan takes pic’s reins

Helmer finds 'Amanda'

“Rescue Me” co-creator Peter Tolan will make his feature directorial debut on “Finding Amanda,” which he wrote. Matthew Broderick is set to star.

The film is produced by Wayne Rice and Richard Heller and financed under their Capacity Pictures banner. No distribution deals have yet been made.

Story concerns a TV producer with alcohol and gambling addictions who attempts to coax his hooker niece into rehab.

An offer is out to Evan Rachel Wood to play the niece.

Pic will begin lensing Jan. 3 in Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

Tolan, a writer-producer on series including “The Larry Sanders Show,” has directed numerous TV episodes, including the pilot for “Rescue Me.” Tolan said he waited until he wrote the right film project before getting behind the camera.

“I wanted the first thing I directed to say to the community, ‘This is where I am coming from, though this recovering alcoholic producer character isn’t based on me,'” Tolan said.

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