Scribe maps out 'Columbus Circle'

George Gallo to direct script co-written with Kevin Pollak

NEW YORK -- George Gallo is making a run to "Columbus Circle."

The veteran writer behind such action comedies as "Bad Boys" and "Midnight Run" will direct the indie thriller from a script he co-wrote with Kevin Pollak, who has a role in the pic as well.

Selma Blair, Amy Smart, Jason Lee and Giovanni Ribisi also star in "Circle." Oxymoron Entertainment's Christopher Mallick and Blue Star Entertainment's William Sherak and Jason Shuman, who exec produced Universal's comedy breakout "Role Models," will produce.

"Circle" centers on a reclusive heiress (Blair) in an upscale Manhattan apartment building who is brought face-to-face with her fears when a detective (Ribisi) shows up to investigate a homicide next door and a new couple (Smart and Lee) moves in to that apartment. Pollak plays the building's concierge and one of the heiress' few friends. Jason Antoon has also been cast in the pic.

Principal photography starts this month in Los Angeles.

Gallo, Oxymoron and Blue Star recently collaborated in the Internet-porn dramedy "Middle Men," which was one of the higher-profile pics at the recent Festival de Cannes market. Several studios have been circling the project, which is seeking U.S. distribution.

The ICM -repped Gallo has forged a reputation as a scribe adept at blending comedy and crime; in addition to "Run" and "Bad Boys," he has penned mob comedies "Wise Guys" and "The Whole Ten Yards."

Pollak, also at ICM, is known for parts in hits like "The Usual Suspects" and "A Few Good Men."He's also the host of "Kevin Pollak's Chat Show" on the Internet. "Columbus Circle" marks his feature writing debut.

Blair, repped by CAA, most recently starred in comic book actioner "Hellboy 2" and will next be seen in dysfunctional-family tale "Happy Together."