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Indie filmers’ ‘Wirey’ wends way to Winstar

Schaeffer, Michael's third collaboration due in January

Winstar Worldwide has picked up worldwide rights to indie filmmakers Eric Schaeffer and Terence Michael’s coming-of-age comedy, “Wirey Spindell.”

Schaeffer wrote, directed and co-stars in the pic based on an unpublished novel the scribe hammered out nearly 10 years ago. Lloyd Segan and Dolly Hall (“High Art,” “54”) also served as producers on the project.

Story is told in a series of flashbacks, spawned by the title character’s reflections as he nears his impending nuptials. With flashbacks that span four decades, Eric Mabius (“Welcome to the Dollhouse,” “Cruel Intentions”) tackles the meatiest role in “Wirey,” playing the character’s high school persona.

Pic marks Michael and Schaeffer’s third producing collaboration.

Their first project was “If Lucy Fell,” starring Ben Stiller, Sarah Jessica Parker and Elle Macpherson. Schaeffer also wrote, directed and appeared in the TriStar release. The filmmakers later reteamed on “Fall” starring Amanda De Cadenet.

Schaeffer was also the subject and star of a short-lived Fox sitcom “Too Something.” Based on his life, he wrote and produced it.

The filmmaker drove a cab for 10 years before emerging with the low-budget comedy “My Life’s in Turnaround.”

Schaeffer and Michael are in development on their fourth project, “Tranquilla,” a romantic comedy about a disillusioned TV star who chucks it all and heads to Spain in search of happiness.

Media conglom Winstar recently acquired distribbery Fox Lorber (“My Dinner With Andre,” “My Life as a Dog”) and plans a January release for “Wirey.”

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