Ferrell going 'Semi-Pro' at New Line


Will Ferrell is lacing up his high-tops for "Semi-Pro," a basketball comedy from New Line Cinema (HR 10/27).

New Line executive Kent Alterman will be stepping down from company duties to make his directorial debut on the picture. Jimmy Miller is producing the film, which will co-star Woody Harrelson.

Written by Scot Armstrong ("Old School"), the fictional story is set in the last year of the now-defunct American Basketball Assn. and follows Jackie Moon, the owner-coach-player of the fictional Flint Michigan Tropics. Moon must lead his team on a desperate attempt to make it to the big leagues.

After "Semi-Pro," Alterman will segue into an overall producing deal with the studio.