Mitchell to bow as helmer with ‘Deuce’

Pic to star Schneider

Tyro director Mike Mitchell is set to make his feature-helming debut on Touchstone Pictures’ low-budget comedy “Deuce” (formerly titled “Deuce Baggio, Prostitute Guy”) for Jack Giarraputo Prods. and Out of the Blue Entertainment.

Ex-“Saturday Night Live” regular Rob Schneider, who co-wrote the screenplay with Harris Goldberg, will star in the film, to be produced by Out of the Blue’s Sid Ganis.

Jack Giarraputo and Adam Sandler will co-exec produce. Ganis and Giarraputo recently produced the upcoming Sandler comedy “Big Daddy” for Columbia.

Mitchell becomes the latest up-and-comer hired by a studio on the strength of his short film. In Mitchell’s case that short was the comedy “Herd,” which follows the adventures of an alien hand puppet, the anti-E.T., who has come to destroy Earth. Mitchell’s managers, J.C. Spink and Chris Bender, sent the reel to studios as a sample. Disney execs were soon meeting with the 28-year-old and later put him on the short list for “Deuce.”

Mitchell got the job after meetings with Ganis and Schneider; he’s now prepping for a July 6 start in Los Angeles.

Schneider will star as the title character, a guy down on his luck who takes a job fish-sitting at the home of a prominent L.A. gigolo. In desperate need of money, he decides to take over a few of his landlord’s clients.

Mitchell is repped by Bender-Spink Management.