Catch That Girl

Let’s forget about his personal life for a moment and concentrate on his career as a filmmaker. Freundlich has made two films, “The Myth of Fingerprints” and “World Traveller,” that have been popular on the film festival circuit but have had trouble finding a commercial audience. Combined, the two have grossed less than $560K despite casts that included the likes of Billy Crupud, Blythe Danner, Roy Schieder and his life partner Julianne Moore.

Looking down the barrel of a career going up in flames, Freundlich has decided to buy himself some time, by agreeing to helm the Fox financed Americanization of the barely seen Danish film “Klatretosen,” to be titled “Catch That Girl.” As in its European counterpart, the story will focus on three pre-teen friends (ten to thirteen years old) who dare to plan a bank robbery. Katie is a young girl who loves to climb. Unfortunately, her father has forbidden her to climb because of an accident he had on Mount Everest. She ignores him and climbs the town water tower regularly. Katie’s father’s injury comes back to haunt him and he finds himself paralyzed from the neck down. The only thing that can help him is a very expensive operation, an operation their family can in no way afford. Desperate to help her father, Katie enlists the help of her two best friends, Clay and Austin, in a wild plan to rob the bank where her mother works. During the heist, they have to work together to overcome high-tech security systems, guard dogs, a nasty head of security, and a bank vault that is suspended 30 feet above ground.

Katie, an attractive, independent, strong-willed young girl, is the brains of the plan. She has a passion for climbing which is only surpassed by her love of her father, and her desire to help him is the catalyst for her actions.

Clay is handsome, a bit rough and rugged, he loves working on engines of his gocarts. He, Austin and Katie are best friends, and he agrees to help her with her plan to rob a bank, partly for the adventure of it all, but more so because of his crush on Katie.

Austin, an off-beat, book-smart, computer savvy and video whiz, he also has a crush on Katie and agrees to help her with her plan to rob a bank. Despite their great friendship, Austin and Clay have a bit of a rivalry going on for Katie’s attention.

No word yet on whether or not Ms. Moore will be featured as Katie’s mom. Shooting begins January 10, 2003 in Los Angeles. If you feel you know a child who would be perfect for one of the roles, please contact the production company or casting director directly.

The Scorecard
Director: Bart Freundlich
Producers: Andrew Lazar, Damien Saccani
Writer: Not announced as press time
Casting Director: Michael Hothorn
Studio: Fox