‘Lakeboat’ reaches Shoreline

Mantegna to direct, star in Mamet adaptation

CANNES — Shoreline Entertainment and Omega Pictures will produce a feature version of David Mamet’s play “Lakeboat,” with Joe Mantegna making his feature directing debut.

The pic, budgeted at about $8 million, will be written for the screen by Mamet. Mantegna, who has starred in a number of Mamet films and plays, will also topline.

Shoreline’s Morris Ruskin and Mary Skinner will produce along with Mamet’s brother Tony Mamet. Shoreline principals Lynn Mooney and George Marinos and Omega exec Ken Nakamura will exec produce.

Pic had been in development with Neufeld/Rehme, with Mantegna attached to direct, since 1994.

Pic follows an Ivy League college student/writer who becomes a summer intern aboard a freighter on the Great Lakes and bears witness to the comic and tragic adventures of the crew.

Shoreline plans to get the pic into production in Toronto by October.

Aside from such pic credits as “Bugsy,” “Godfather Part III” and “Up Close and Personal,” Mantegna has starred in Mamet films “Homicide,” “Things Change” and “House of Games.” He’s also appeared in the writer’s legit works, including the Broadway productions of “Glengarry Glen Ross” and “Speed-the-Plow.”

Shoreline’s Ruskin was a producer on the 1992 pic adaptation of the former play.

Shoreline has several projects up for sale in Cannes, including “The Godson,” “Matter of Trust,” “The Papertrail” and “The Marksmen.”