Caviezel: 'N.Y.' state of mind


Jim Caviezel is in negotiations to star in "Only in New York," an indie crime thriller that French helmer Pitof will direct.

The script, written by Seth Zvi Rosenfeld and Geebee Dajani, follows a recently paroled street hustler looking for a new life and seeking redemption only to find his path blocked by the combustible melange of New York elements that once did him in.

The movie is being produced by Tucker Tooley, Dan Keston, Barbara Feinstein and Ted Schipper. It is being executive produced and financed by Film Capital Partners, a motion picture fund formed last year and based in Dublin, Ireland. The movie was packaged by ICM and Endeavor Independent, both of which will handle U.S. sales.

"New York" will begin production in June in Toronto.

The movie will see Pitof returning to the director's chair and to his thriller roots for the first time since going Hollywood with his most recent film, the infamous 2004 comic book movie "Catwoman," starring Halle Berry and Sharon Stone. He made his directorial debut with the award-winning historical thriller "Vidocq." Pitof, who was a visual effects supervisor before making the leap to directing, has been keeping busy with commercial work in France, where he also opened a postproduction facility. Pitof is repped by APA and Bryan Brucks.

Tooley is producing the pilot "Skip Tracer" through his deal at Paramount/CBS and has "We're the Millers" at New Line. He also is producing "Keep Coming Back" — William H. Macy's directorial debut — with Keston, who premiered his film "Weapons" in competition at Sundance and subsequently sold it to After Dark Films.

Caviezel most recently starred in "Deja Vu" and just wrapped "Outlander" for the Weinstein Co. Other credits include "The Passion of the Christ" and "The Thin Red Line." He is repped by ICM and attorney Frank Stewart.