AFM: Jacob Tierney to Direct Jay Baruchel Starrer 'Baseballissimo' (Exclusive)
Good Neighbors' Jacob Tierney and Jay Baruchel are reteaming on Baseballissimo, a theatrical dramedy being shopped this week at AFM by A71 Productions and Gefilter Productions.
Veteran director Tierney has signed on to helm the indie, penned by Baruchel and writing partner Jesse Chabot (Random Acts of Violence).
Baruchel, who earlier starred in Tierney's The Trotsky and Good Neighbors, is also on board to play a key role in the Canada-Italy co-production that is based on the book of the same name by Dave Bidini.
The screen adaptation portrays a young Canadian minor league baseball player bound for major league stardom until his attitude gets in the way and he finds himself in a coastal town in Italy under odd circumstances. The indie film marks the first time Tierney will direct a script by Baruchel, with David Miller producing and Geddy Lee and Bidini executive producing.
Baruchel, who counts Hollywood fare such as She's Out of My League, Tropic Thunder and How to Train Your Dragon among his credits, has also been active in Canadian film. He penned the screenplay, along with Evan Goldberg, for Goon, a hockey comedy now headed for a sequel, and co-starred in Jonathan Sobol's The Art of the Steal, which also stars Kurt Russell and Matt Dillon.
Baruchel is also at work on a semi-autobiographical comedy with Chabot for 20th Century Fox Television, which has landed at ABC. He's also attached to Cameron Crowe's untitled romantic comedy set up at Columbia.
Baruchel and Chabot are repped by CAA, Thruline Entertainment and Jamie Feldman at Lichter Grossman. Tierney is repped by the Garry Goddard Agency and Circle of Confusion.
Baseballissimo is being repped by WME and A71 Productions.