By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders, Variety.
Just like Boogie Nights, it looks like Burt Reynolds is back to seeking out amateurs. Greenlit by CinemaNX, a new production group financed by the Isle of Man, A Bunch of Amateurs is ready to begin filming February 2nd.
Burt Reynolds Prefers A Bunch of Amateurs
A Bunch of Amateurs is a fish-out-of-water comedy about an ageing Hollywood action star who accepts an invitation to play King Lear at Stratford, in the hope of reviving his career.
When he arrives, he discovers that the play is not being staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford-upon-Avon, as he thought, but by an amateur dramatic society in the rural village of Stratford St. John. The charity performance has been widely publicized, so he is unable to back out.
Reynolds will join a cast that includes Samantha Bond, Derek Jacobi and Imelda Staunton.
The film will be directed by Andy Cadiff, a veteran of sitcoms including Spin City.
CinemaNX received $100 million from the Isle of Man fund -- all that was there -- with the guarantee that the new company will continue to bring a substantial volume of production to the island. CinemaNX plans on financing 80% of Amateurs' budget.