Quinn ‘Stolen’ for contest winner

Thesp to star in Project Greenlight script

Aidan Quinn has committed to star in “Stolen Summer” for Miramax and HBO. Script won Project Greenlight, the online screenwriting contest hosted by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s entertainment Netco Live Planet.

Pic, written and to be directed by Pete Jones, will also feature Kevin Pollak in a supporting role; Brian Dennehy has also committed to a cameo role. Shooting is scheduled to begin mid-May in Chicago.

Miramax is providing Jones with a $1 million budget to direct and produce his screenplay. At the same time, Miramax TV will document the making of the pic for a 13-episode series slated to air on HBO in early 2002.

Miramax Films will distrib the pic, with a tentative theatrical release set for early 2002. Miramax Films co-president of production Meryl Poster and exec VP of production Jon Gordon also participated in the selection. Pic will be produced by Affleck, Damon, LivePlanet co-founder and CEO Chris Moore (who co-produced “Good Will Hunting”), LivePlanet’s Jeff Balis and Sean Bailey, and Billy Campbell, prexy of Miramax TV.

Project, an emotional drama set in Chicago in 1976, was built around Quinn. He’ll play an Irish-American blue-collar worker who is forced to confront his own belief system when his youngest child befriends a Jewish boy. The worker is also searching to discover the meaning of life to uncover the key to heaven.

Quinn, who is repped by WMA, most recently starred in “Songcatcher” and “Music of the Heart.”