Bristol Bay Prods. has come on board to fully finance The Great Buck Howard, the Colin Hanks-Tom Hanks magician comedy.

Playtone flirted with placing Buck with Sidney Kimmel Entertainment. The company floated its attachment to make pre-sales, but dropped out quickly.

According to Variety, Kevin Kline is in talks to join the cast. Sean McGinly will direct his script, and production will begin in July in New York.

Playtone's Hanks and Gary Goetzman will produce.

Kline is negotiating to play a renowned illusionist whose career is on the wane. Colin Hanks will play a kid fresh out of school who becomes the magic man's assistant. In a smaller role, Tom Hanks plays Buck's father, who is not at all enthused about his son's career choice.

Brian B.