Scardino to helm Beane pic

'Advice' to star Nixon, Olyphant

NEW YORK — “Law and Order” director Don Scardino is directing Douglas Carter Beane’s screen adaptation of his play “Advice From a Caterpillar.”

The six-week shoot began June 8 in Gotham.

“Advice” stars Cynthia Nixon (“Marvin’s Room”) as a successful video artist who falls in love despite her efforts to avoid commitment. She satisfies her sexual needs through an affair with a married Wall Street exec played by Jon Tenney (“Fools Rush In”).

But Nixon ends up falling in love with a bisexual actor played by Timothy Olyphant (“Scream 2”) who is dating her best friend, a gay performance artist portrayed by Andy Dick (“Reality Bites”).

Sheedy joins in

Ally Sheedy (“High Art”) has a cameo in the pic, which is shooting under the auspices of IATSE’s East Coast Council.

“Advice” is being produced by Jana Edelbaum and exec produced by Edgar Lansbury. Pic is being financed by Robert Greenhut and Jon Ein’s Foundry Film Partners.

The independent production is being repped by Mary Meagher, the former William Morris agent who recently opened her own New York-based agency.

Renaissance director

Scardino’s directing career spans TV, film and the stage. In addition to serving as a regular director of “Law and Order,” he helmed HBO’s “Tracey Ullman Takes on New York” and “The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd.”

Scardino’s legit credits include “A Few Good Men,” “Sacrilege” and A.R. Gurney’s “A Cheever Evening.” Scardino made his theatrical feature debut in 1994 with “Me & Veronica,” starring Elizabeth McGovern and Patricia Wettig.

Foundry creative exec Jo Levi brought Beane’s screenplay to Edelbaum, who told Daily Variety that she decided to produce the film “because of its extremely universal theme. It’s about the quest for true love.”

Edelbaum previously exec produced Sam Miller’s “Among Giants,” which is being distributed by Fox Searchlight, and Roger Hedden’s “Hi Life,” which was produced by Lions Gate. She is exec producing “Top of the Food Chain,” starring Campbell Scott, which begins shooting in Toronto later this month.

Lansbury has had a long career in TV, legit and film, producing such Broadway musicals as “Gypsy,” starring his sister Angela Lansbury, and “Godspell,” as well as the film version of “Godspell.” More recently, Lansbury produced Beane’s hit play “As Bees in Honey Drown,” which is being adapted for the bigscreen by Universal Pictures.