LONDON — Sid Ganis and Alex Siskin’s Sony-based Out of the Blue Entertainment has come aboard as exec producer of “Murder Creek,” a U.S. project developed by Brit outfit Gruber Films, the company behind “Waking Ned Devine.”

In the original screenplay by American scribe G.E. Mimms, a comic mystery set in the Deep South, a small-town sheriff struggles to keep his community together in the face of strange events and incursions from outsiders.

It’s the first project for Gruber since company founder Richard Holmes established a new producing partnership earlier this year with Ron Fogelman, formerly senior VP of international sales and development at Universal Pictures in London.

Because of the American setting of “Murder Creek,” Holmes and Fogelman sought out Ganis and Siskin to mentor the project in Hollywood. Out of the Blue will help put together talent and financing for the pic.

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“It’s clear we have something special here in ‘Murder Creek,’ ” said Holmes. “Sid Ganis and Alex Siskin have an amazing track record and have come onboard at this early stage as we hunt for the right director. They have the kind of relationships and reputations that Ron and I can only aspire to.”

Siskin added, “We’ve been very impressed by these guys and Mimms’ script. Gruber is a good fit for us, and we look forward to attracting some superior talent to this project.” Recent credits from Out of the Blue include “Big Daddy”; “Mr. Deeds”; and “Deuce Bigelow, Male Gigolo,” for which a sequel is in the works.