Warner set for ‘Fall’ pic

First-time feature director Paul Warner has been set to helm “Fall Time,” which will star Mickey Rourke, Stephen Baldwin, Sheryl Lee and country singer Sammy Kershaw, the director and producer confirmed Tuesday.

Written by Steve Alden and Paul Skemp, “Fall Time” is set in 1957 during the protests over the desegregation of the Little Rock public school system.

The pic is described as the story of three young pranksters who get caught in the midst of a crime.

“Fall” is set to start a 27-day production on April 6 in Wilmington, N.C., said producer Ed Bates. Other actors in the ensemble piece are Jason London (“Dazed and Confused”), David Arquette (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) and Jonah Bleckman (“This Boy’s Life”).

The production is backed by domestic distributor Live Entertainment and the London-based foreign sales company Capitol Film Ltd. “Fall Time” will be produced by Bates, while Jay Cohen will exec produce. A budget figure could not be confirmed.

Production designer is Andrew Precht, who has previously worked on such films as “Hook” and “Bram Stoker’s Dracula.” Composer Peter Melnick (“L.A. Story”) will score the pic.

Representing Warner in the negotiations were Warner’s manager Doug Chapin at Krost/Chapin Management and United Talent Agency’sagent John Lescher.

Warner segues from the stage. He recently teamed with producer Peter Sellars on the L.A. Theater Festival’s “Chinese Cabaret,” and previously directed “Out in America” at the Westbeth Theatre Center in New York.

In working up to a feature, Warner completed the short film “In the Name of the Father,” which was executive produced by Warner’s mentor Ed Zwick for the American Film Institute. Warner’s 30-minute film — unrelated to the feature starring Daniel Day-Lewis — won the Gold Hugo at the Chicago Intl. Film Festival, and was screened at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival.

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