In its first major production pre-buy, Hannover House has signed on as North American distributor for director Scott Marshall’s upcoming theatrical comedy, “Wild Oats,” starring Christina Ricci, Shirley MacLaine, Maria Bello, Bill Pullman and John Corbett. The Gary Kinew – Claudia Myers screenplay will be produced by Agathe David-Weill, Blythe Frank and Matt Janes, with Michael Mailer as Executive Producer alongside Hannover House executives Eric Parkinson and Fred Shefte, and TriVision Pictures, Inc. executive Alexander Tabrizi. The film is expected to commence principal photography this spring, pending final coordination of talent schedules.

Hannover House is the entertainment media division of Target Development Group, Inc. (Pinksheets: TDGI). Wild Pictures, LLC will act as the production entity with Peace Arch Entertainment handling the international licensing of the film.

“Wild Oats” has been described as a road-trip comedy and a multi-generational “Thelma & Louise.” Eva, a widow and retired history teacher, enjoys a quiet life in the tiny town of Liberty, Ohio. Everything changes when Eva receives a Social Security check accidentally made out for $900,000 instead of her usual $900. At the not-so-gentle urging of her granddaughter Maddie, Eva deposits the money and takes the chance it offers them to escape from small town life. Their destination is Las Vegas and they have every intention of living it up. But their fantasy is short-lived when they awake to discover that they have become media sensations overnight and fugitives from justice, forced to outwit a trio of conmen, outmaneuver a dogged social security agent Vespucci who has teamed up with Eva’s daughter, Crystal, and outrun the law. What they don’t expect is to be so good at it!

Attached cast members include Academy Award Winner Shirley MacLaine as Eva, Christina Ricci as Maddie, Maria Bello as Crystal, Bill Pullman as Daniel and John Corbett as Doug. Discussions are underway to bring in another star for the role of Vespucci.

Director Scott Marshall has a great, comedic pedigree with recent features “All’s Faire In Love” and “Blonde Ambition” as well as multiple on-camera turns and a family legacy that includes his father, Gary Marshall and aunt, Penny Marshall.

Hannover House plans to release the film to theaters nationwide in Spring, 2012.