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Schiffer to take swing at Noonan’s ‘Caddy’

Scribe to make directorial debut with coming-of-age pic

Michael Schiffer (“The Peacemaker”) will write and make his directorial debut with “Memoirs of a Caddy,” based on the novel of the same name by Newsweek senior editor David Noonan.

David Faigenblum and Peter Karp brought the idea to Jennifer Dewis and Lindsay Mark of Gotham-based 49th Parallel Prods. Dewis, Marx, Faigenblum and Karp will produce.

“Memoirs” is a coming-of-age story centering on two brothers who survive first love, forbidden love and shadows of war in the tumultuous summer of 1968.

“David Noonan wrote a great book,” Schiffer told Daily Variety. “It’s funny as hell, it’s passionate and really moving. The range of emotions is amazing. I have never read anything that felt so complete as a tale, just ready for the screen. I have my work cut out for me!”

49th Parallel last produced “Joe the King,” written and directed by Frank Whaley, starring Val Kilmer, Ethan Hawke and John Leguizamo. Faigenblum is one of the producers of “Tag,” set up at Scott Rudin Prods. and Paramount.

Schiffer, whose writing credits include “Crimson Tide,” “Lean on Me” and “Colors,” co-wrote with Hossein Amini “Four Feathers” for Paramount and Miramax. Pic, being directed by Shekhar Kapur, will star Heath Ledger, Kate Hudson and Wes Bentley. Repped by Endeavor, Schiffer is also producing, along with Ismail Merchant and Radar Pictures, Diane Johnson’s national book award nominee “Le Divorce” for Fox 2000.