Brian Dennehy finds 'Redemption'

Film, TV and theater star set to make directing debut

Film, TV and stage star Brian Dennehy will direct the fact-based drama "Redemption" in the thesp's film-directing debut.

"Redemption" involves the story of Joyce Ann Brown -- who spent more than nine years in prison for a 1980 fur store robbery and murder in Dallas that she didn't commit -- and Jim McCloskey, a crusader for the wrongly convicted, who fought for her release. Film is set to begin in the spring.

Dennehy wrote the screenplay with Joe Seldner. The film is produced and financed by Habourton Entertainment, a partnership of McCloskey, Seldner and James Regan.

Repped by ICM and manager Susan Smith, Dennehy won acclaim for his theater work in "Death of a Salesman" and "Long Day's Journey Into Night." He recently appeared in the films "Righteous Kill" and "Assault on Precinct 13" and has directed seven TV movies.

Seldner co-produced "61*" for HBO.