Smith to helm ‘Splendor’

Good Machine inks Sundance Grand Jury winner

CANNES — Good Machine has inked “American Movie” helmer Chris Smith to make a fictional film based on Harvey Pekar’s comic book series “American Splendor.”

Pic will fictionally follow the ups and downs of Pekar’s life as a civil servant in Cleveland.

It comes on the heels of Smith’s success at Sundance Film Festival this year when he screened “American Movie” to raves. The docu ultimately won the Sundance Grand Jury award as well as the Audience Award for best docu.

Sony Pictures Classics picked up the film with plans for a November release.

Though Smith has had numerous offers of pics to helm, including some studio efforts, he has chosen to stick with the indie world.

Good Machine’s co-president and co-founder Ted Hope and GM exec Anthony Bregman brought the project into the company.

“Harvey lives in Cleveland and has never wanted to leave his job because he wanted to keep his pension,” Hope said. “Chris Smith lives in Milwaukee and he has no plans to move into the L.A. hurricane.”