First-time helmer Allen gets 'Crazy'

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After years of mugging for the camera, Tim Allen finally is sitting in the feature director's chair.

Allen will direct as well as star in an adult comedy titled "Crazy on the Outside." Ray Liotta, Carrie-Anne Moss, Julie Bowen and Kelsey Grammer are in negotiations to also star.

The indie feature, written by Judd Pilot and John Peaslee, follows an ex-con who finds his life outside prison to be much crazier, especially once he enters his sister's world.

Brian Reilly, Brett Gregory, Richard Baker and Anastasia Stanecki are producing the film, which is being financed privately.

Justin Moritt, the unit production manager on such films as "I Am Legend" and "Hitch," is executive producing.

Allen directed one episode of his 1990s sitcom "Home Improvement," but "Crazy" will be his feature helming debut.

He next will be seen in "Redbelt," written and directed by David Mamet, which opens April 25. He also stars in the indie ensemble comedy "The Six Wives of Henry Lefay" and will reprise his voice role as Buzz Lightyear for "Toy Story 3."

Allen is repped by WMA and Messina/Baker Entertainment.
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