Dark comedy to be helmed by Thomas Beatty, Rebecca Fishman

David Krumholtz, Melanie Lynskey, Jason Ritter, Gillian Jacobs, Zachary Knighton, Ahna O’Reilly and Ned Beatty have been cast in the dark comedy “Teddy Bears.”

Jennifer Westin is producing the indie pic through her Covert Prods. banner with Karina Miller exec producing. Shooting begins next week in Joshua Tree, Calif.

“Teddy Bears” follows three couples who head to the desert to help a friend heal after the death of his mother. They would do anything for him — except for the one thing he wants.

Script is by Thomas Beatty, who directs along with his wife Rebecca Fishman. The film is loosely based on their experiences in the year leading up to their marriage.

Krumoholtz is starring in the pilot “Partners” while Lynskey was in “Hello I Must Be Going.” O’Reilly was in “The Help” and Knighton is in “Happy Endings.”

Krumholtz is repped by Gersh and The Collective. Lynskey is repped by Gersh. Ritter is repped by ICM and The Burstein Co. Jacobs is repped by UTA and Principal Entertainment. O’Reilly is repped by WME and Luber Roklin Entertainment. Knighton is repped by UTA and 3 Arts.

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