Scott Marshall to helm sports laffer

Slater Bros. Entertainment and Portofino Pictures are teaming to finance and produce sports comedy “The Million Dollar Man,” with Scott Marshall on board to direct.

Companies announced the project Tuesday at Sundance. Producers are Todd Slater of Slater Bros. Entertainment, who recently secured funding for a slate of films based out of Connecticut, and Portofino Pictures principals John J. Gatpandan, Anderson M. Hinsch and Alexander Schrader.

Script, penned by Schrader, is the underdog story of a man who finds a magical opportunity to turn his life around when he is chosen to perform at the Super Bowl.

Marshall recently worked with his father, Garry Marshall, on New Line-Warner Bros.’ “New Year’s Eve.” His credits include “All’s Faire in Love,” “Blonde Ambition” and “Keeping Up With the Steins.”

“I grew up on the set of TV shows and movies watching my dad work, but all I really wanted to be was a football star,” Marshall said. “The main problem was I was very small. Needless to say I went into show business and after directing several films, I’m very excited to finally be involved with a football project.”

Slater recently wrapped production on horror film “House of Dust” and “The General” and is also attached to produce Elvis Presley biopic “Fame & Fortune.”

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