*Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Caine are set to star in “Harry and the Butler” for acclaimed stage and film director George C. Wolfe (“Lackawanna Blues”).
The dramedy follows a derelict rollercoaster mechanic and one-time jazz virtuoso (Jackson), who lives in a converted train caboose in New Orleans. When he inherits a large sum of money, he decides during a drunken celebration to hire a down-on-his-luck British butler (Caine).
Wolfe, also a noted playwright, is set to start shooting on location in Louisiana in the spring of 2014 from a script by Damian F. Slattery.
Mimi Steinbauer’s Radiant Films will introduce the project to foreign buyers at the American Film Market this week.
Long in the works, “Harry and the Butler” is loosely based on the 1962 Danish film “Harry og Kammertjeneren.”
Wolfe, whose film credits include “Nights in Rodanthe,” recently finished shooting “You’re Not You,” starring Hilary Swank, Emmy Rossum, Josh Duhamel and Marcia Gay Harden. His Broadway credits include the late Nora Ephron’s hit play Lucky Guy, starring Tom Hanks in his Broadway debut, The Normal Heart and Angels in America — Millennium Approaches. He also directed the award-winning HBO movie “Lackawanna Blues.”