Fox, Levin gang up for ‘White Boys’ pic

Kessler and Swerdlow are producing

Fox Searchlight Pictures has inked a deal to distribute “White Boys,” the soon-to-lense follow-up film for “Slam” director Marc Levin.

Based on a project that monologist Danny Hoch workshopped at the Sundance Institute’s 1997 Filmmakers Lab, the “White Boys” screenplay was written by Hoch, Garth Belcon, Levin and Richard Stratton.

Stratton, Henri Kessler and Ezra Swerdlow will produce the pic, which is slated to go before the cameras next week in Iowa.

Hoch, Piper Perabo, Marc Webber, Eugene Byrd and Dash Mihoc are set to star in the film that focuses on the practice of white youth appropriating black hip-hop and rap culture.

Pic tells the story of a group of white teenagers in Iowa whose fascination with hip-hop and rap music and videos carries over into their own lives, and they start acting like gangsta’ rappers — in an overtly stereotyped way.

In the negative pick-up, Searchlight has rights to distribute the film worldwide except for Asian and Central European territories.

The project was brought into Searchlight by Michael Stemel, Fox’s East Coast director of production, who with Searchlight topper Lindsay Law put Hoch together with Levin, Kessler and Stratton, the producers of the recent Sundance fave “Slam.”

Levin and Stratton co-wrote “Slam” with Saul Williams and Sonja Sohn, and Levin directed the pic, which won the Grand Jury Prize for Drama at this year’s Sundance film fest.

“Slam,” which was acquired for domestic distribution by Trimark Pictures, also picked up the Camera d’Or at Cannes this year.

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