Revolution putting ‘Cheer’ in gear

Jones to play undercover cheerleading coach

Joe Roth’s Revolution Studios has acquired the comedy “Cheer Up” in turnaround from Warner Bros. Pictures.

Revolution hopes to put the film in production this fall. Tommy Lee Jones will star in the pic, which will be directed by Stephen Herek and produced by Steven Reuther.

Reuther initially set up the film under his now-defunct Bel-Air Entertainment shingle, which was co-financed by Warners and Canal Plus. He still maintains his own first-look deal with Warners, but now maintains his offices off the lot.

Jones will portray a FBI agent forced to go undercover as an assistant cheerleading coach to protect a group of college cheerleaders after they witness a murder.

While the budget has not been set, it will likely run north of $40 million, with the majority of the production shot in Texas.

Rob Ramsey and Matt Stone, who wrote U’s upcoming “Intolerable Cruelty,” are rewriting “Cheer Up” from an original story by John J. McLaughlin and Scott Lobdell.

The project was brought to Revolution Studios partner Todd Garner by Reuther and will be overseen by Derek Dauchy. Allyn Stewart will serve as co-producer.

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