SOURCE: Unified Pictures

August 27, 2007 14:26 ET

Unified Pictures Taps Ensemble for "Bob Funk" Romantic Comedy

Cast Includes Rachael Leigh Cook, Stephen Root, Amy Ryan, Grace Zabriskie, Eddie Jemison and Michael Leydon Campbell

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - August 27, 2007) - Rachael Leigh Cook, Stephen Root, Grace Zabriskie, Amy Ryan, Eddie Jemison, Lucy Davis, and Michael Leydon Campbell have signed on to star in Craig Carlisle's romantic comedy "Bob Funk." The feature is being produced by Unified Pictures.

"Bob Funk" revolves around the sardonic, quick witted and politically incorrect title character, limned by Campbell, who is on the tail end of a three year slump professionally and personally and must get his life back together, quit drinking and visit a therapist regularly if he intends on saving his job as a sales executive for a futon company owned by his mother.

To complicate matters, he begins to fall for Ms. Thorne, Cook, who his mother has hired to replace him.

Cook recently starred in "She's All That" and "Nancy Drew." Campbell previously co-starred with Ed Burns in "Sidewalks of New York."

"The combination of Carlisle's uniquely brilliant and hilarious piece and such an accomplished cast makes us elated and honored to take this journey," said Keith Kjarval who acquired, developed and is producing the film for his company Unified Pictures.

''Bob's story is very personal for me, so I feel fortunate to have landed with Unified as they have allowed me to make the movie I wrote and have helped me creatively in taking it from stage to screen,'' said director Craig Carlisle.

''We are extremely excited to be collaborating with such a fresh voice and unique talent such as Carlisle," said Executive Producer Ben Ruffman.

The film begins shooting in Los Angeles in August and September and marks Carlisle's film directorial debut. He previously directed theatre (including Liz Tuccillo's critically acclaimed Off-Broadway play "Joe Fearless").

The film is financed and produced by Unified Pictures whose credits include the award winning film "Don't Move" (starring Penelope Cruz), "The Perfect Sleep" (starring Roselyn Sanchez), and most recently "XII" (directed by award winning filmmaker Michael A. Nickles.")

Cook is repped by Randy James (James/Levy/Jacobson Management.)

Root is repped by Jay Khanna (Brillstein Grey)

Ryan is repped by Jason Gutman (The Gersh Agency)

Zabriskie is repped by David Rose (Innovative)

Jemison is repped by Gabrielle Krengle (Domain)

Davis is repped by Tammy Rosen (Melanie Greene)

Campbell is repped by Dianne Bush (Leading Artists)

About Unified Pictures: Unified Pictures was formed in 2005 to produce cost-effective genre films with both critical and audience appeal. Unified acquires, develops, finances and takes films from inception to distribution.

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