Malcolm Venville directs Buffalo-based rom-com

Keanu Reeves will star in and produce “Henry’s Crime,” a Malcolm Venville-directed romantic comedy that will begin production in November in Buffalo.

The project is poised to become the first picture in production for Company Films, the banner Reeves runs with Stephen Hamel.

Reeves and Hamel will produce with Lemore Syvan. Scott Fischer, who put up development money for the project, will be executive producer through his First Star Films banner.

The picture will be financed through private equity. No distribution has yet been set for the film.

In the Capraesque romantic comedy scripted by Sacha Gervasi, Reeves will play a bighearted man who is falsely accused of robbing a bank in Buffalo.

Reeves most recently starred in “The Day the Earth Stood Still” and plays a supporting role in the Rebecca Miller-directed “The Private Lives of Pippa Lee,” which stars Robin Wright Penn. “Henry’s Crime” is Reeves’ first comedy since 2003′s “Something’s Gotta Give.”

Company Films separately has a deal at Morgan Creek for “Passengers,” a film that Reeves will star in, with script by Jon Spaihts.

Venville most recently directed “44 Inch Chest,” the film scripted by “Sexy Beast” writers Louis Mellis and David Scinto and with an ensemble cast that includes Ray Winstone and Tom Wilkinson.

Gervasi most recently produced and directed “Anvil! The Story of Anvil.”

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