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Oscar-winning actress Renée Zellweger will be making her directorial debut with a comedy called 4 ½ minutes.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the Bridget Jones’ Diary actress will also star in the film with Jackass’ Johnny Knoxville. He will play the lead role of a stand-up comic who is afraid of commitment and is on a downward spiral, until he gets hired as a babysitter by a single mom (Zellweger), who has a young genius son.
The script was written by Anthony Tambakis, who co-wrote Warrior. He based the script on the life of Dov Davidoff.
The Hollywood Reporter notes that K5 is currently selling the project to international distributors at the Toronto Film Festival, which just kicked off. CAA will handle the project in North America.
Production will start in February 2013 in New York. It will be executive produced by Raj Brinder Singh. Kevin Frakes of PalmStar Media Capital will produce with Zellweger and Tambakis.
Zellweger and Tambakis have worked together a couple of times before. Lifetime just picked up their pilot Cinnamon Girl, which they created. She will also star in Tambakis’ Broadway adaptation of The Hustler.
Zellweger has been nominated for three Oscars, winning in 2003 for her supporting role in Cold Mountain. She most recently starred in Case 39 and My Own Love Song and is currently trying to make a third Bridget Jones film called Bridget Jones’ Baby.