Optimum Releasing has picked up UK rights from GreeneStreet FilmsInternational (GSFI) to the upcoming comedy Gary The Tennis Coach.
Seann William Scott stars as ahigh school janitor and former tennis pro who rediscovers his interest in thesport when he coaches a team of misfits to the Nebraska state championships.
Danny Leiner will direct the project, which is due to beginfilming in Texas in October.
GSFI presidentAriel Veneziano negotiated the deal with Optimum's Will Clarke.
GreeneStreet Films (GSF) recentlyunveiled its long-in-the-works plans to open a West Coast office and will makethe move in October, with partner and production chief Tim Williams relocatingto Los Angeles to head it up.
Williams has been with theNew York-based GSF for eight years and was named partner in 2001. He willoversee all aspects of Los Angeles-based operations while continuing to overseeproduction and development, and will immediately start creating a new slate ofprojects.
Joining Williams as the WestCoast director of development is former Dimension Films story editor MelanieShanley, who will serve as the counterpart to GSF's New York-based director ofdevelopment Annie Marter. Additional West Coast employees will be announced indue course.
Williams served as produceron the drama Pinero, thriller SlowBurn and the New York Cosmosdocumentary Once In A Lifetime.He served as executive producer on comedy The Pleasure Of Your Company, which stars Jason Biggs and Isla Fisher and getsits world premiere here, as well as the comedy Uptown Girls, and the thriller Swimfan.
His other executive producercredits include the upcoming thriller Awake, which stars Hayden Christensen, Jessica Alba andTerence Howard and will be released early next year through The WeinsteinCompany; John Polson's thriller Tenderness, which is in post and stars Russell Crowe and Laura Dern; the comedy Bill, which is in post and stars Aaron Eckhart andJessica Alba; and Gary The Tennis Coach.
Slow Burn starring Ray Liotta, LL Cool J, Taye Diggs and MekhiPhifer will open through Lionsgate next year.