Sony, Trans Pacific seek ‘Bloomers’ docu helmers

Sony Pictures Entertainment and Trans Pacific Films are looking for a few twentysomething directors to help define those Americans born between 1963 and 1973 for a six-part documentary based on Times Books/Random House publication “Late Bloomers,” an author of the book said.

Trans Pacific has acquired the rights to “Late Bloomers” from authors Alex Abrams and David Lipsky for a deal pegged at $ 100,000 if the series of documentaries is produced.

Abrams and Lipsky are slated to co-produce.

Talks with Weiss

Abrams said there are serious discussions with “Amongst Friends” director Rob Weiss to spearhead an effort to bring in several young filmmakers to direct various segments of the series.

First of long-term deal

The “Late Bloomers” acquisition is the first in a long-term production and distribution deal between Sony Pictures Entertainment TV group and Trans Pacific , which is headed by “Mean Streets” and “The Last Waltz” producer Jonathan Taplin and Japanese investor Shotaro Kawano.

International Creative Management TV agent Tricia Davey and Trans Pacific senior VP Mara Manus negotiated the “Late Bloomers” deal.

Abrams said plans are in the works for a “Late Bloomers” television series.

The book will be published with an initial printing of 40,000 copies in August. It is a study of a group who are often written off as “slackers” but, said Abrams, face issues unique to them.

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