ShadowCatcher nabs novel

The rights to the bestselling novel “Indian Killer” have been acquired by ShadowCatcher Entertainment, a Seattle-based production company, which has teamed producer Scott Rosenfelt with former Sony exec Larry Estes.

“Indian Killer” author Sherman Alexie will pen the screenplay and direct the pic, the story of a Seattle killer who stalks and scalps white men. Amid rising racial tensions, police dispatch an Indian officer and his white female partner to solve the case. Rosenfelt and Estes will produce.

ShadowCatcher, co-founded by “Mystic Pizza” and “Teen Wolf” producer Rosenfelt and Seattle financier David Skinner, has also wrapped lensing of Alexie’s screenplay “This is What it Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona.”

“Phoenix,” directed by feature film newcomer Chris Eyre and starring Gary Farmer and Irene Bedard, is the story of a young man’s journey from an Idaho reservation to retrieve the remains of his estranged father. Tom Skerritt plays a secondary role.

“I was really taken by the script,” Estes told Daily Variety. “Phoenix,” will be produced by Rosenfelt and Estes, and co-produced by Alexie and Eyre. The pic, budgeted at less than $5 million, features nearly all Native Ameri-can roles. It could hit screens by mid-1998.

In development at ShadowCatcher is “Edgar Cayce,” by Pulitzer Prize-winner Robert Schenkkan, and “The Re-markable Ride of the Abernathy Boys,” penned by Mark Handley, who co-wrote “Nell.” In addition, Shadow-Catcher has announced a partnership with Seattle-based interactive studio Zombie.

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