Overture puts 'Park' on the map


Overture Films has signed on to produce and distribute "Humboldt Park," a family dramedy starring John Leguizamo and Freddy Rodriguez.

State Street Pictures ("Barbershop") and 2DS Prods. are behind the film, which centers on a family reunion during the holidays in the Chicago neighborhood of Humboldt Park.

The script by Rick Najera, Ted Perkins and Alison Swan was completed before the strike, which will allow production to move forward early next year. Overture is tentatively planning a fall 2008 release. Alfredo De Villa will direct the film, which in addition to Leguizamo and Rodriguez is expected to feature a large ensemble cast.

Robert Teitel and George Tillman Jr. will produce for State Street, while Rodriguez, Rene Rigal, Reid Brody and Paul Kim will executive produce.

The movie continues a relationship between State Street and Overture execs Chris McGurk and Danny Rosset, who while with MGM collaborated with State Street on the "Barbershop" movies.

Overture, a unit of Liberty Media-owned Starz, has been beefing up its slate as it prepares to release its first batch of movies next year. The Charlize Theron drama "Sleepwalking," Tom McCarthy's upcoming Sundance entrant "The Visitor" and Callie Khouri's "Mad Money" are among the movies it expects to open in the first half.