Helmer set for Kingsley pic 'Duncan'

Jay Russell to direct SBK fantasy comedy

Jay Russell is attached to direct the fantasy comedy "Duncan" for Ben Kingsley's SBK Pictures.

Written by Barton Randall, "Duncan" tells the story of a grown woman reconnecting with a stuffed animal from her childhood. Kingsley, who is producing, will provide the voice of the toy.

Kingsley's SBK partners Simone Sheffield and Valerie Hoffman also are producing.

SBK has a number of projects in the works, including the period drama "Will," which Charles Wood is adapting from the Christopher Rush novel; "Whispers Like Thunder," about the 65-year legal battle between three Native American sisters and the U.S. government over sacred burial ground; and "Quixote," about the author Miguel Cervantes, with a screenplay by Rusty Lemorande.

SBK most recently produced "50 Dead Men Walking" and "The Wackness."

Russell directed "Ladder 49," "Tuck Everlasting," "My Dog Skip" and, most recently, "The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep." He is repped by UTA and Echo Lake Prods.