'Tin Cup' director signs up for 'School'

9:00 PM PST 08/13/2009 by Steven Zeitchik, AP

Ron Shelton co-wrote golf comedy with John Norville

Ron Shelton is going back to the links.

The director behind "Tin Cup" and a veritable scorecard of sports movies has signed for "Q School," a golf comedy he will direct based on a script he co-wrote with "Cup" collaborator John Norville.

Dennis Quaid and Tim Allen are eyeing starring roles in the project, which David Friendly is producing via his Friendly Films Productions. The indie aims to start shooting in the spring.

"School" is described as a comedy in which a group of hopefuls battle it out in a competition to make the PGA Tour, with both their game and their personal lives sometimes ending up in the drink along the way. The title is a reference to qualifying school, an annual tournament in which several hundred aspiring pros compete for a limited number of spots on the following year's tour.

Shelton, who like Quaid and Allen is repped by WME, has had a run of Tom Watson-like proportions as the writer-director of sports movies. The former minor-league baseball player made his directorial debut more than 20 years ago with 1988's landmark hardball comedy "Bull Durham," then followed it up four years later with the Woody Harrelson-Wesley Snipes basketball pic "White Men Can't Jump."

In 1996, Shelton and the Paradigm-repped Norville entered a pairing for "Tin Cup," a more dramatic tale that starred Kevin Costner and earned $54 million at Warners.

Shelton also directed the 1999 boxing comedy "Play It to the Bone," a more modest performer. His most recent feature came with the Harrison Ford cop comedy "Hollywood Homicide" in 2003. He and Norville also have been attached to adapt the Barry Bonds steroids expose "Game of Shadows" for HBO and have penned the baseball-comeback tale "Our Lady of the Ballpark," an indie that's in development.

Quaid is coming off the opening-weekend success of "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" and also stars in Overture's upcoming horror pic "Pandorum." Allen has anchored the "Santa Clause" franchise and starred in 2007 biker hit "Wild Hogs." The actor will make his directorial debut with the ex-con comedy "Crazy on the Outside."

Golf comedies have been among the more successful subgenres in the sports comedy category, with such movies as "Caddyshack" and "Happy Gilmore" becoming boxoffice and pop-culture breakouts.
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