NEW YORK — Michelle Pfeiffer and Kate Guinzberg of Via Rosa Prods. have hired Marlene King to script a movie for Touchstone based on the Rosewood Community Education Center, the South-Central L.A. facility in which gang members serve penance working with handicapped children.
Using the school as a backdrop, King’s trying to create a vehicle for Pfeiffer, who scored her biggest hit in similar terrain as an inner-city schoolteacher in “Dangerous Minds.”
“I spent a lot of time at the school, where high-risk kids are making their last stop before going to adult jail,” said King, who scripted “Now and Then” for New Line, wrote the Cher-directed segment of HBO’s abortion-themed film “If These Walls Could Talk,” and scripted “Love Boat: The Movie.”
“They … spend time every day with kids who are severely handicapped, and they rediscover their humanity and the people they were before the circumstances of their lives overwhelmed them. It was amazing to see kids who say they’ve shot people, go to this school and be so kind to kids who are completely helpless and at their mercy. It’s ‘Boyz N the Hood’ meets ‘Rain Man.’ ”
King’s doing research to find a storyline and will likely create a role for Pfeiffer as the mother of a handicapped child in the school. She’s repped by UTA’s Jeremy Zimmer and David Kramer. Pfeiffer’s repped by ICM’s Ed Limato.