Jim Field Smith to direct ‘League’

Jay Baruchel to star in DreamWorks comedy

Jim Field Smith has been tapped to direct the romantic comedy “She’s Out of My League” for DreamWorks, with Jay Baruchel attached to star.

Based on a spec by Sean Anders and John Morris, story centers on an average guy who starts dating an extraordinarily beautiful woman who is “way out of his league.” He must overcome his insecurities and the suspicions of his friends and family before he sabotages the relationship and loses her forever. Tim Dowling (“Coxblocker”) is penning a rewrite.

Eric Gold and Jimmy Miller are producing.

DreamWorks has scheduled an early 2008 start date.

Smith, a member of popular British sketch group the Dutch Elm Conservatoire, helmed the shorts “Where Have I Been All Your Life?,” starring Imelda Staunton, for BBC Films and “Goodbye to the Normals.” “League” marks his feature directorial debut.

Baruchel, whose credits include “Knocked Up,” “Million Dollar Baby” and the TV series “Undeclared,” is shooting the Ben Stiller-helmed comedy “Tropic Thunder.”

Scribe Dowling has several projects in development at various studios including “Outsourced” at Columbia Pictures and “Born to Rock” at Paramount Pictures.

Smith and Dowling are repped by Endeavor. Baruchel is handled by CAA.