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Marconi inks deal with SBP

David Marconi, writer/director of Arrow Entertainment’s upcoming release “The Harvest,” has signed to write a political thriller for Hollywood Pictures-based Simpson-Bruckheimer Prods. The deal ensures Marconi of at least one assignment and the prospect of directing this or other projects with SBP.

Since the demise of the action/comedy “Bad Boys” last month, rumors have circulated within the industry that the producing team’s tenure with Walt Disney might be on shaky ground.

They signed an exclusive five-year contract with Hollywood Pictures in 1991 that has yet to result in a single “go” film. It’s believed that Simpson-Bruckheimer is moving aggressively to sign other writer/directors and to acquire properties.

The first script to be written by Marconi will be an espionage thriller centered in the world of state-of-the-art surveil lance gadgetry. It is presently untitled. Marconi said that the elements are “all based on fact” and demonstrate the rather frightening advancements in the area since Francis Coppola’s 1974 “The Conversation.”

William Morris agents Morgan Mason (a producer of “The Harvest”) and Johnny Levin negotiated the writing deal which, if it results in a production, has a potential payday of $ 250,000 for the script alone.

According to an industry source, the Marconi deal marks a “softening” in the producers’ stance vis a vis controlling the writing and directing elements of projects.

“They (Simpson and Bruckheimer) were personally taken aback by the delay on ‘Bad Boys’ and want to be able to put something into production as quickly as possible,” said the source. “The Harvest,” an erotic thriller which stars Miguel Ferrer and Leilani Sarelle, debuted last fall at the Chicago Film Festival. Producer Jason Clark said plans are to launch the film out of the Seattle Film Fest in May with initial dates in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago to roll out in June. Goldcrest is handling foreign sales at the current AFM.

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