Fresh off the fourth season of USA’s hit series “Royal Pains,” Mark Feuerstein has spearheaded the packaging of “Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant,” a low-budget comedy that is skedded for takeoff in January.
Sam Friedlander (“Royal Pains”) is directing the fully financed movie from a script by Mike Sikowitz (“Friends”). Michael Roiff (“Save the Date”) is producing through his Night & Day Pictures banner along with Ted Kroeber of Kish Prods.
Feuerstein will be joined in the friendly skies by an impressive comedic supporting cast including Stanley Tucci, Marcia Gay Harden, Molly Shannon, Taye Diggs, and Henry Winkler. The filmmakers are currently casting additional roles.
Story follows womanizing, self-anointed ‘renegade’ male flight attendant Larry Gaye (Feuerstein), who must save the day when the airline he works for tries to eliminate flight attendants as a cost-cutting measure.
Pic has been a passion project for Feuerstein, who fell in love with his friend Sikowitz’s script and has shepherded the project to the point of pre-production.
“I can’t believe we get to make this ridiculous, fun and incredibly funny movie,” gushed Feuerstein. “This character’s not just a male flight attendant – he’s a renegade male flight attendant. Larry Gaye makes his own rules and then he breaks them. This is my ‘Rocky!’ I’m so excited!”
Feuerstein and Friedlander have also been friends and collaborators for years, and are stoked to keep Sikowitz’s script ‘in the family.’ “It’s a real homegrown effort, and it’s exciting and empowering to put something together outside of the traditional model — it gives us a lot of creative breathing room,” added Friedlander.
Feuerstein brought “Waitress” producer Roiff aboard after the pair worked together on the Joss Whedon-scripted “In Your Eyes,” which is currently in post-production. Roiff has also wrapped Matt LeBlanc starrer “Lovesick” and Lifetime’s “Restless Virgins.”
Kroeber previously produced the 2008 horror pic “Splinter” and “American Gun,” which starred Harden and was nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards.
Feuerstein is repped by UTA and Framework Entertainment. ICM reps Sikowitz, who exec produces CBS’ “Rules of Engagement.”