Monday, August 11, 2014

David Gordon Green to direct `80s tennis comedy, 'Red Oaks,' for Amazon

Posted By on Mon, Aug 11, 2014 at 11:37 AM

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Little Rock native David Gordon Green, best known either for art-house dramas like "George Washington" or for stoner comedies like "Pineapple Express" or "Eastbound and Down," (depending on your age, predilections and drug habits), has signed on to direct a new TV show produced by Steven Soderbergh for Amazon Studios. The show will star Craig Roberts, Paul Reiser, Richard Kind, Jennifer Grey, Oliver Cooper and Gage Golightly, and the pilot was written by Joe Gangemi and Gregory Jacobs (who wrote Soderbergh's "The Knick"). 

“Greg Jacobs told me this idea on the set of Behind the Candelabra and I told him it was great and that he should start working on it immediately,” Soderbergh told BusinessWire. “Then, while we were on the set of The Knick he gave me the script he wrote with Joe Gangemi and I said, ‘This is ready to go, let's find a director.’ We very quickly agreed to approach David because the humor was sharp without being mean, and we felt he would understand and appreciate that.”

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"Red Oaks" is set in 1985, and features college student David Myers who is both reeling from his father's heart attack and conflicted about what major to declare in the fall. Myers gets a summer job as an assistant tennis pro at the Red Oaks Country Club in suburban New Jersey and while there, he meets a colorful cast of misfit co-workers and wealthy club members including an alluring art student named Skye (played by guest star Alexandra Socha) and her corporate raider father Getty (played by Reiser). A coming-of-age comedy set in the "go-go" '80s that is equal parts hijinks and heartfelt, "Red Oaks" is about enjoying a last hurrah before summer comes to an end—and the future begins. 

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