Chris Pine is about to follow his friend and Star Trek co-star Zachary Quinto into the indie movie producing business. Waterstone Entertainment has just announced a new comedy co-starring Pine called "Mantivities." Trek’s new Kirk also co-wrote and is co-producing. More details below.
Chris Pine set to produce and star in indie comedy he co-wrote
Chris Pine is working with fledgling production company Watersone to produce and star in Mantivities, a comedy he co-wrote with his friends Will Greenberg, Drew Howerton, Robert Baker, Ian Gotler and Tony Liebetrau. Like Pine, Howerton, Baker and Greenberg are actors new to writing (small world alert Howerton appeared as a steward in Star Trek: Enterprise) . Gotler and Liebetrau are partners in a DJ business based in Sliverlake, CA (where Pine lives). Michael Patrick Jann (whose resume includes directing 41 episodes of Reno 911!) is attached to helm the film.
According to Screendaily Mantivities is "about a group of men who try to instil responsibility in their pal, a former child star, by taking him on a day of activities"
Chris is quoted saying "I couldn’t be happier to begin the adventure of making Mantivities knowing how much fun we all had writing it. Somehow I get to laugh with my friends and call it work.”
Screendaily reports that Pine will be headed to the Cannes Film Festival in France (which starts tomorrow) to help sell the film to distribution partners.
Pine is also still attached to star in the next installment of the Jack Ryan series which has reportedly had script problems and in March switched directors from Jack Bender (who wanted to focus on his new Syfy series) to Thor’s Kenneth Branagh. The Ryan film was supposed to be Pine’s next project following the Star Trek sequel (which he has completed work on), but Variety’s latest update puts a start date in September.
Chris Pine at CinemaCon 2012 in April – now set to star in comedy he co-wrote