Shia LaBeouf (Holes), Elden Henson (The Butterfly Effect), Amy Smart (Roadtrip), Kathleen Quinlan (Breakdown), William Sadler (Shawshank Redemption), Shiri Appleby (Swimfan), and Anson Mount (City By The Sea) have joined Miramax's second Project Greenlight competition winner, The Battle Of Shaker Heights.
Screenwriter Erica Beeney and directors Kyle Rankin and Efram Potelle are the latest film-makers to triumph in the online screenwriting contest, which was launched in 2000 at the behest of Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and producer Chris Moore and is sponsored by Miramax, HBO and LivePlanet.
Miramax Films will finance production with a minimum $1m and distribute domestically, with Affleck and Damon serving as executive producers. An HBO documentary series will follow the entire film-making process from script selection to theatrical run.
Principal photography was due to begin in Los Angeles last week (Mar 11) and the picture is scheduled for domestic release in the summer. The story centres on a young war re-enactor who enlists his battlefield friends to outwit his high school enemy and uses his newfound confidence to confront a family crisis.
Vice president of production Rick Schwartz will oversee the project on behalf of Miramax, reporting to co-president of production Bob Osher. Eli Holzman, vice president of television, is overseeing the television production on behalf of Miramax Films and also reports to Osher.
Project Greenlight's inaugural winner, the drama Stolen Summer by Pete Jones, went on limited release in the US in March 2002. It starred Aidan Quinn and grossed around $120,000.