'Luck' finds helmer

Jim Field Smith to direct dramedy

NEW YORK -- Jim Field Smith is coming aboard to direct "Good Luck, Anthony Belcher," George Kay's script that recently was announced as leading this year's Brit List, the U.K.'s version of the Black List.

U.K.-based indie Ruby Films ("The Other Boleyn Girl") is producing the dramedy, which centers on a perennially unlucky man whose fortunes abruptly change. James Corden ("The History Boys") has signed on to star, and Smith and Kay will produce via their Idiotlamp Prods. banner.

Smith, like Kay repped by WME and Underground Management, recently completed shooting the romantic comedy "She's Out of My League" for DreamWorks and is attached to helm the rural-England drama "All Quiet on the Orient Express," which he wrote with Kay.

It marks the third edition of the Brit List, which like the Black List polls reps and studio execs about the year's best unproduced scripts and can reflect and reinforce a project's clout.

Rounding out the top five are Neil Purvis and Rob Wade's "Corsica 72," Ol Parker's "Now Is Good," "Slumdog Millionaire" scribe Simon Beaufoy's "Salmon Fishing" and Deborah Davis' "Balance of Power."

Top selections on last year's list included scripts for the John Lennon biopic "Nowhere Boy" and organ-donor drama "Never Let Me Go," which are set up at the Weinstein Co. and Fox Searchlight, respectively.
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