Touchstone on the campaign for 'Swing Vote'


Touchstone Pictures has come aboard to co-finance and handle domestic distribution on "Swing Vote," a project from Kevin Costner's Tig Prods. and newly launched Treehouse Films.

Led by Costner, the cast includes Paula Patton, Kelsey Grammer, Dennis Hopper, Nathan Lane, Stanley Tucci, George Lopez, Judge Reinhold, Mare Winningham, Richard Petty and Willie Nelson and introduces Madeline Carroll. The film is in production in Albuquerque, N.M.

Joshua Michael Stern is directing from a script that he penned with Jason Richman. The story follows Bud Johnson (Costner), a working-class single father who is thrust onto the world stage after the presidential election comes down to his single vote.

Costner and Jim Wilson will produce. The film will be executive produced by Treehouse partner Robin Jonas and Radar Pictures in association with G&M Films. International sales are being handled by Kathy Morgan International.

" 'Swing Vote' is a timely and heartfelt story that is sure to touch and entertain moviegoers in the same way that some of the classic films by Frank Capra have done in the past," Disney chairman Dick Cook said. "We have a great working relationship with Kevin and consider him to be part of the Disney family. In addition to being a great filmmaker, he is also a good friend."

Touchstone got involved after Costner shared the script with Cook, who reviewed it with Disney production president Oren Aviv.

"They came back with a very quick answer," Wilson said. "It's a good fit."