Renée Zellweger is set to direct 4 1/2 Minutes, which will tell the story of an immature stand-up comic who grows up in the company of a single mom and her genius son, according to Variety.
The film will mark the directorial debut of the 43-year-old actress, who will also have a prominent role. The script was penned by Anthony Tambakis, who put himself on the map with Warrior.
Set in New York, 4 1/2 Minutes is inspired by the the life of Dov Davidoff, a commitment-adverse comedian played in the film by Johnny Knoxville. His life takes an unexpected turn when he accepts a job as a caretaker for the gifted son of a single mother, played by Zellweger.
Shooting is scheduled to start in February 2013 in New York City.