Actress to star, produce and direct the project.

Renee Zellweger (‘My Own Love Song,’ ‘Case 39’) has selected the comedy ‘4 1/2 Minutes’ as her feature directorial debut. The film will co-star Johnny Knoxville of ‘Jackass’ fame.

Taking place in the New York stand-up comedy circuit, the film follows Jimmy Bennett (Knoxville), a commitment-phobic, train-wreck of a comedian whose life is falling apart when he takes a job looking after the genius son of a single mother (played by Zellweger).

‘Warrior’ scribe Anthony Tambakis penned the script based on the life and comedy of real-life stand-up Dov Davidoff.

Production is set to kick off in February in New York City.