'Monty' helmer Cattaneo to direct comedy

“The Full Monty” helmer Peter Cattaneo is set to direct “What the Puck” for Ealing Studios.

The comedy, inspired by a true story, follows a father and son attempting to bond after a particularly messy divorce. A mutual love of ice hockey inadvertently leads the two characters to the World Junior Championships in Canada.

Geoff Deane (“Kinky Boots”) scripted. Ealing execs are currently searching for a director.

Ealing has also secured a raft of sales on its forthcoming John Landis-directed black comedy “Burke & Hare.” Pic, based on the true story of a pair of 19th century Edinburgh bodysnatchers, stars Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis, Ronnie Corbett, Isla Fisher, Jessica Hynes, Tom Wilkinson, Tim Curry and Christopher Lee.

Entertainment Film Distributors (U.K.), Maple Pictures (Canada), Fabrique de Films (France), Odeon S.A. (Greece), Prime Pictures (Middle East), Transmission (Australia/New Zealand) and airline distrib Cinesky have all acquired the film.

“Burke & Hare” is produced by Ealing topper Barnaby Thompson with Nigel Green, James Spring, Paul Brett, Tim Smith all receiving exec producer credits. Piers Ashworth and Nick Moorcroft have written the script for the film, which has been co-financed by Aegis Film Fund and Prescience.

Ealing has also sold “St. Trinians 2 & the Legend of Fritton’s Gold” to Village Roadshow (Australia/New Zealand), Scanbox (Scandinavia), Bowline BV (Eastern Europe), Daro (CIS), Prime Pictures (Middle East) and Cinesky.

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