Fox Searchlight to distribute 'Ruins'

Nia Vardalos, Richard Dreyfuss star in romantic comedy

NEW YORK -- Fox Searchlight has signed on to distribute the Nia Vardalos vehicle "My Life in Ruins" in North America, Australia and New Zealand.

Donald Petrie's romantic comedy, which co-stars Richard Dreyfuss, Harland Williams and Rachel Dratch, centers on a travel guide (Vardalos) who rediscovers her mojo as she leads tourists around Greece.

Michelle Chydzik Sowa and Nathalie Marciano of 26 Films produced "Ruins." Gary Goetzman, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson and Peter Safran served as executive producers. The film is scheduled to be released in 2009.

Ray Strache brought "Ruins" to Searchlight. The deal was brokered Searchlight's Joey DeMarco and Kobie Conner. The film was repped by Bob Wallerstein of Hirsch, Wallerstein, Hayum, Matlof and Fishman.