Steve Rash has signed on to direct Crooked Arrows, an underdog lacrosse sports comedy set on an upstate New York reservation.

The story centres on a 30-year-old of mixed lineage who must postpone his casino-building dreams to coach the inept local Native American high school lacrosse squad against the prep school league in which he used to star.

Virginia native Todd Baird wrote the screenplay and Mitchell Peck and Adam Leff are producing with J Todd Harris. The trio has already secured endorsements from the Major League Lacrosse, National Lacrosse League, US Lacrosse and LaxFestUSA and plans to announce endorsements from professional players as well as top college and prep school coaches. Discussions with financiers are ongoing as the producers aim for a late summer shoot in the Northeast.

'My son played lacrosse at Lawrenceville prep school and I have Native American ancestry, so the story spoke to me on both levels,' said Rash, who recently wrapped Road Trip II: Beer Pong for Paramount. 'It's also a compelling and contemporary underdog sports movie in a unique setting,'

'Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in America,' said Peck. 'I played growing up in Virginia and it's been a dream of ours to tell a lacrosse-based story. Crooked Arrows will be the first mainstream lacrosse movie out of Hollywood.'

Peck is preparing Priest for production this summer at Screen Gems. Harris produced Bottle Shock and serves as executive producer on Alex Aja's upcoming Piranha 3D for The Weinstein Company.