Pellington is 'Poole'-side at Lakeshore


Lake- shore Entertainment has tapped its go-to director Mark Pellington to helm the dramedy "Henry Poole Is Here," with Luke Wilson on board to star.

It marks the fourth film Pellington has helmed for Lakeshore, following "The Mothman Prophecies," "Arlington Road" and "Going All the Way."

Based on an original screenplay by Albert Torres, "Poole" centers on a man (Wilson) who discovers he has only six weeks to live. He leaves his cushy job, his fiancee and his overbearing mother hoping to spend the remainder of his time alone in suburbia, where he subsists on a steady diet of pizza, Twinkies and vodka. But a so-called miracle transforms his life, and his quirky neighbors disrupt his plan to live out his days in quiet desperation.

Lakeshore's Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi are producing the film, which starts shooting in the summer in Los Angeles. The company will introduce "Poole" to buyers at the upcoming Festival de Cannes.

Lakeshore is in production on two features that it also will unveil to international buyers in Cannes: the Penelope Cruz-Ben Kingsley starrer "The Dying Animal" and the Marc Schoelermann-helmed "Pathology."

Wilson, whose recent credits include the thriller "Vacancy," next stars in "The Wendell Baker Story," which he wrote and co-directed, and "You Kill Me," opposite Kinglsey and Tea Leoni. He is repped by CAA and attorney Robert Wallerstein.

In addition to film, Pellington also directs TV commercials and is an in-demand music video director, having worked with Pearl Jam, Public Enemy and Foo Fighters. His latest film, with co-director Catherine Owens, is "U2-3D," which will premiere at Cannes. He is repped by UTA, 3 Arts Entertainment and attorneys Lawrence Rose and Bruce Ramer.