Hot helmer Peirce signs with UTA

Director gets attention from 'Boys'

Kimberly Peirce, who made her directing debut with the critically lauded “Boys Don’t Cry,” has signed for representation with United Talent Agency.

After garnering substantial buzz and plaudits from early screenings at the Venice and Toronto film festivals, “Boys” brought its writer-director to the attention of nearly every Hollywood agency, including CAA, William Morris and ICM.

Reflecting the industry’s fervor to find new talented filmmakers, Peirce was being wined and dined by major agency toppers — big guns that are usually drawn only for established, A-list talent.

One non-UTA agent said: “It was incredible. Here you had the heads of every agency trying to meet with Kim day or night … This is a reaction to ‘Blair Witch’ and studios like Warners tripping over themselves to work with hot young directors like David O. Russell and the Wachowski brothers.”

But Peirce, who told Daily Variety during the Venice Film Festival in September that she wants to concentrate on her own material (she is currently working on a project with her “Boys” co-writer Andy Bienen), is understood to place stringent demands when it comes to her projects, including full creative controls.

Peirce, who had not been represented by an agency, workshopped “Boys” (then known as “Take It Like a Man”) at the Sundance Filmmakers Lab in 1997.

Pic stars Hilary Swank as Brandon Teena, a young Nebraska woman who posed as a ladies’ man and was raped and murdered after her true identity was revealed. Chloe Sevigny, Peter Sarsgaard and Brendan Sexton III also star.