Wain tapped to steer ‘Cap’n Ricky’

Ganis to produce project with Kinowelt coin

David Wain (“Wet Hot American Summer”) will direct “Cap’n Ricky … Also Featuring Karl,” from a script by Mark Perez.

Kinowelt is financing the pic. Sid Ganis, via his Out of the Blue Entertainment shingle, will produce, along with Matt Rhodes of Persistent Pictures and Todd Lieberman of Hyde Park Prods. Kinowelt’s Chris Sievernich and Matt Milich will exec produce.

Wain recently directed, produced and wrote, with Michael Showalter, “Wet Hot American Summer,” which premiered at this year’s Sundance. Pic, acquired by USA Films, stars Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Molly Shannon, Paul Rudd and Showalter.

Wain’s short film “Aisle Six” was featured at the Sundance and Edinburgh film festivals, winning first-place awards at fests in Aspen and Australia.

As a member of comedy group the State, he co-created a series for MTV, a special for CBS, a book for Hyperion Press and an album for Warner Bros. In addition to directing more than 80 short films for the State, Wain has been a cast member, supervising producer, writer and editor.

Ganis currently is producing Columbia’s “Mr. Deeds,” loosely based on the Frank Capra pic “Mr. Deeds Goes to Town.” The updated version stars Adam Sandler, Winona Ryder, John Turturro and Peter Gallagher.

Repped by CAA and Principato-Young, Wain also has written and/or directed for television shows including “Mad TV” (Fox), “You Wrote It, You Watch It” (MTV), “Random Play” (VH-1), “Sheep in the Big City” (Cartoon Network) and “The Daily Show” and “Strangers With Candy” (Comedy Central).

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