'Survivor' host to helm 'Kiss Me'
More than a decade after making his feature directorial debut, Emmy-winning “Survivor” host Jeff Probst has found his follow-up, as he’s set to direct John Corbett and Sarah Bolger in the coming-of-age tale “Kiss Me.”Liz Sarnoff (“Deadwood,” “Lost”) wrote the script, which follows a teenage girl through the physical and emotional growing pains of adolescence. Bolger will star as Zoe, who struggles with insecurities of having to wear a back brace to cure her scoliosis. Along the way, she must navigate complicated relationships with her mother, her best friend and Chance (Corbett), a married man whose kids she babysits. Probst will produce with Katy Wallin of MysticArts Pictures, as well as John J. Kelly (“Warrior”). Production will start next month in Los Angeles. Probst made his helming debut with the Wallin-produced 2001 pic “Finder’s Fee,” which starred Ryan Reynolds and James Earl Jones, as well as “The Descendants” thesps Matthew Lillard and Robert Forster. Its critical success led to Probst’s selection as one of 2001’s “Ten Directors to Watch” in a series presented by the American Cinematheque. Probst has won four consecutive Emmys for Outstanding Reality Host, making him the only winner of the award since its inception in 2008. Probst continues to host CBS’ long-running hit reality series “Survivor,” and will host a syndicated daytime talk show debuting this fall. Corbett, who starred on Showtime’s “United States of Tara,” recently appeared in “Sex and the City 2″ and had a recurring role on NBC’s “Parenthood.” Bolger starred on Showtime’s “The Tudors” and will soon be seen in Intrepid Pictures’ thriller “Crush,” as well as the James Marsden-Claire Danes indie “As Cool As I Am.” WME reps Probst and Sarnoff, who co-created Fox’s upcoming series “Alcatraz.” CAA reps Bolger and Corbett, who’s also repped by Lovett Management. Mosaic and U.K.-based Hamilton Hodell also rep Bolger.