Celluloid Dreams has signed on to handle international sales of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s directorial debut,Jack Goes Boating,billed as an unconventional romantic comedy.

Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf of Big Beach and Emily Ziff of Cooperstown are producing the film, along with independent producer Beth O’Neil. Overture Films is co-financing with Big Beach and will distribute the film domestically. Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Ortiz, artistic directors of LAByrinth Theater Company where the stage play was originally developed and produced, are executive producing.

The film has been adapted for the screen by Bob Glaudini and is based on his original Off Broadway, which opened in the spring of 2007. Seymour Hoffman who will both direct the film and star as Jack. Hoffman will be joined on screen by Academy Award-nominee Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone), as well as John Ortiz and two-time Tony Award-nominee Daphne Rubin-Vega, who both, along with Hoffman, originated the roles on the stage. The film is scheduled to start shooting on Feb 9th in New York City.

‘Philip Seymour Hoffman is one the most unique and exiting talents working in our business today,’ said Celluloid President Hengameh Panahi. ‘The warm, kind hearted yet unconventional love story is a real crowd pleaser and this, coupled with Hoffman’s formidable talent as well as that of his co-stars makes for an incredible project that we’re delighted to be bringing to the market.’