AUSTIN, TEXAS – During the opening remarks of the 2011 Austin Film Festival (AFF) it was announced that veteran director Jonathan Lynn (My Cousin Vinny, The Whole Nine Yards) has signed on to helm Jasper Milliken, a quirky story written by Julie Howe that won the Best Comedy Screenplay Award in the 2010 AFF Screenplay Competition. Lynn will work closely with Howe to continue shaping the creative direction of the movie until filming begins the second quarter of 2012.
Earlier this year Howe signed an exclusive deal with Experience Media Studios to produce the award-winning screenplay, and has since expanded the team to include Sony Pictures Entertainment based producers Alex Siskin (Big Daddy, Mr. Deeds) and Joyce San Pedro (an AFF judge and panelist).
“We are very excited to have Jonathan bring his talent, vast experience, and comic sensibility to this movie,” said Michael-Ryan Fletchall, CEO, Experience Media Studios. “With a charming and witty script by a very talented writer, a veteran comedy director, and our producing partners, we know we have a winning team to make something very special for the big screen.”
Jasper Milliken is a quirky feature length comedy about a psychic orphan whose odd predictions derail a crooked deal that lands him in hot water with the egotistical mayor of his newly adopted town.
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