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    Helen Hunt to Direct, Write and Star in Family Drama Ride

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    She may be a critically acclaimed actress with an Oscar, several Emmys and a slew of Golden Globes under her belt. But apparently what Helen Hunt really wants to do…is be a filmmaking triple threat.

    The 50-year-old star is set to write, star in and direct the upcoming family drama Ride, Deadline reports.

    The film, which costars Luke Wilson and will reportedly begin shooting on Aug. 5 in Los Angeles, tells the story of a steely New York City magazine editor, played by Hunt, who follows her free-spirited son (Aussie actor Brenton Thwaites) to California after he decides to ditch school and become a surfer.

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    There, she crosses paths with a surfing teacher (Wilson), and romantic sparks soon fly between the two.

    Hunt, who will also produce Ride, is coasting on a recent wave of industry acclaim: Earlier this year, she scored a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role as a sex surrogate in the art-house hit The Sessions.

    Helen Hunt, Oscars 2013 Jason Merritt/Getty Images

    She won the Best Actress Oscar in 1998 for her widely praised turn opposite Jack Nicholson in the James L. Brooks romantic comedy As Good as It Gets.

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    Ride represents Hunt's second shot at pulling triple duty on set. She also directed, cowrote and acted in the 2007 indie Then She Found Me, about a Brooklyn schoolteacher whose life is upended after her husband leaves her and a woman comes forward claiming to be her real biological mother.

    The film found modest success on the film-festival circuit, making stops at the Toronto Film Festival and SXSW, among others.

    No release date has been set yet for Ride.

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