Tuesday, February 13, 2007

We have TALENT!

Flipzide hires Ramirez, Lillard for 'Summer' pic
By Gregg Goldstein

Feb 13, 2007

NEW YORK -- Matthew Lillard and Efren Ramirez are set to star in Flipzide Studios' "American Summer," a comedy about a pool boy and gardener who take over a Beverly Hills mansion and become neighborhood pimps.

Flipzide CEO Warren Zide is producing, and Seven Arts International is financing the film from director J.B. Rogers ("American Pie 2"). Seven Arts is also financing Adam Gierasch's horror flick "Autopsy"; both projects, with a combined budget of about $16 million, begin principal photography April 9 in New Orleans.

Lillard plays a pool boy who has managed to convince his parents he's attending Harvard. After his apartment complex undergoes termite fumigation, he moves with a pretty escort/neighbor and a young friend into an empty mansion where he works and soon stumbles into the world's oldest profession. Ramirez ("Napoleon Dynamite") plays the next-door gardener called in as "the muscle" of the operation.

"Summer" (formerly titled "Pool Boy") and "Autopsy" are the first of a three-feature, $15 million-$20 million equity financing pact between Flipzide and Seven Arts. "Autopsy," produced with Jessica Horowitz, features Jessica Lowndes, Ashley Schneider, Joe Reegan, Jenette Goldstein and Robert Lasardo.

Flipzide recently produced its first feature, "Parental Guidance Suggested," with indie producers Richard Suckle and Laura Lichstein. Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson's teen sketch sex comedy, starring Lillard, Frankie Muniz, Jamie Kennedy, Ryan Pinkston, Michael Cera and Andy Milonakis, was picked up in June by Dimension Films.

Lillard's recent credits include "The Groomsmen," "What Love Is" and "One of Our Own." Ramirez, best known as the electable Pedro in "Napoleon Dynamite," has appeared in "Employee of the Month" and "Crank." The "Summer" script was written by Julie O'Hora and Justin Ware.

Lillard is repped by CAA, Mosaic and Ziffren Brittenham. Ramirez is repped by Kazarian Spencer and Associates and Ken Jacobson.

In other news...

I'm a full-time writer, now, having quit the day job a few weeks ago. (Whoop!)

I finished outlining my rewrite of THE MIDDLE AGES -- it's a big'un, as my friends say up in Brooklyn. I'm replacing a pretty major subplot to tie it into a character who needed more beef (remember Bill?). He demanded a bigger role and threatened to walk. Ass.

I told my way-cool manager I'm aiming to finish before the end of February, 'cause I hope that by saying it out loud, I'll be less apt to turn into The Compulsive Researcher, The Maid, or, worst of the worst, The Narcoleptic.

More when there's more. In the meantime... Shaggy and Pedro are set to star in my movie.