Denver hits ‘Ground’ running in film return

John Denver will return to the big screen in “The Higher Ground,” a mystical romantic comedy-drama inspired by his song of the same name.

The film, planned for an early fall start in San Jose, features Denver as Saint Peter, who helps two brothers find love and happiness.

Other cast members include William Katt, Barry Bostwick, Tony Becker and Kevin King.

Bruce Reisman will direct his original screenplay and Greg Hodson will produce. Denver also will compose the score.

Film is the maiden project of Sherman Oaks-based First Pictures Entertainment , formed in March by Reisman and Hodson. They are currently specializing in films, telepix and TV series with budgets ranging from under $ 1 million to $ 7 million. Five other projects are slated for the upcoming year.

Reisman has been a writer on such series as “T.J. Hooker,””Tour of Duty” and “The Young Riders.” Hodson is a former “PM Magazine” producer and HBO producer/director.

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