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Cannes News: FilmDistrict Buys Romantic Comedy Playing the Field, Starring Butler and Biel

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood May 12, 2011 at 1:16AM

FilmDistrict has acquired U.S. rights to Cannes market project Playing the Field, Gabriele Muccino's romantic comedy starring Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, Uma Thurman, Judy Greer, Dennis Quaid and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Robbie Fox wrote the script. FilmDistrict plans to release the film in spring 2012. FilmDistrict CEO Peter Schlessel describes Playing the Field as "a fun PG-13 romantic comedy." Synopsis is below.
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FilmDistrict has acquired U.S. rights to Cannes market project Playing the Field, Gabriele Muccino's romantic comedy starring Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, Uma Thurman, Judy Greer, Dennis Quaid and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Robbie Fox wrote the script. FilmDistrict plans to release the film in spring 2012.

FilmDistrict CEO Peter Schlessel describes Playing the Field as "a fun PG-13 romantic comedy." Synopsis is below.

PLAYING THE FIELD kicks off with the homecoming of George (Gerard Butler), a retired soccer pro whose glory days are behind him. Burnt out on his playboy lifestyle and bankrupted by a string of bad investments, George moves back to Virginia to reconnect with his estranged ex-wife (Jessica Biel) and neglected son (Noah Lomax). Making up for lost time, George starts to coach the boys’ soccer team. But can he keep his eyes on the goal when the bleachers are stacked with sexy soccer moms and desperate housewives?

Nu Image/Millennium Films sold the film produced by Butler and Alan Siegel’s Evil Twin Productions in association with Kevin Misher, Jonathan Mostow, Heidi Jo Markel and John Thompson. Nu Image / Millennium Films’ Danny Dimbort, Trevor Short & Avi Lerner are executive producers.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.