Maclean to direct ‘Jesus’ for Evenstar

Alison Maclean (“Crush”) will direct “Jesus’ Son,” the screen adaptation of Denis Johnson’s book of the same name, for Evenstar Prods. of New York.

A native of Canada who began making films in New Zealand, Maclean received international attention for her 1989 short “Kitchen Sink.” Her 1992 feature debut “Crush” starring Marcia Gay Harden was in competition at Cannes and screened at the Toronto and Sundance film festivals.

In 1996, Maclean directed “Subway Kick” for the HBO series “Subway Stories,” and is currently developing feature projects for American Zoetrope’s Chrome Dragon series, Miramax and Good Machine.

“It seemed like fate that Evenstar came to me with this project,” said Maclean. “The book has meant a lot to me ever since it came out. I was stunned by the force of Johnson’s vision and language and the way he transformed the bleak and the ordinary into little epiphanies that are beautiful, poetic and really funny.”

The script for “Jesus’ Son” was co-written by Evenstar president Elizabeth Cuthrell, exec veepee David Urrutia and vice president Oren Moverman.

Evenstar was founded in March 1996 by Cuthrell, Urrutia and Steven Tuttleman, the founder and managing partner of the New York investment firm Highland Capital Associates. Tuttleman shares responsibility for the company’s financial development oversight with Randy Levinson, president of the Levco Group.

“Jesus’ Son,” which is skedded to lense in spring 1998, is the company’s first film slated for production. Evenstar has two additional projects in development.

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