Overture's romantic comedy costars Amy Ryan
Philip Seymour Hoffman has reeled in his directorial debut, signing on to helm Overture Films’ “Jack Goes Boating,” an adaptation of Bob Glaudini’s Off Broadway play in which he’ll also star.Amy Ryan (“Gone Baby Gone”) will co-star opposite Hoffman, while John Ortiz and Daphne Rubin-Vega will reprise their roles from the stage production. Play’s described as an unconventional romantic comedy set in New York City, laced with cooking classes, swimming lessons and illegal drugs. Production bowed at Hoffman and Ortiz’s LAByrinth Theater Co. in Gotham in 2007. Adaptation is the first to come out of a production deal Overture inked with Hoffman’s shingle, Cooper’s Town, last summer. In 2006 Cooper’s Town produced “Capote,” the company’s first pic. “Phil is such a unique talent, and this opportunity to work his creative mojo not just in front of the camera but also from the director’s chair is just irresistible for us,” said Overture chief operating officer Danny Rosett. Cooper’s Town, run by Hoffman and Emily Ziff, will produce the romantic comedy along with indie producer Beth O’Neil plus Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf’s Big Beach, which is co-financing the project. Hoffman and Ortiz serve as exec producers. Overture Films will distrib the film domestically. Pic is skedded to start lensing in New York City on Feb. 9. Hoffman can currently be seen in “Doubt” and voices the toon “Mary and Max,” which opened the Sundance Film Festival. Overture has “Last Chance Harvey” in theaters. It will next release the Big Beach comedy “Sunshine Cleaning,” starring Amy Adams and Emily Blunt, in March.