Alpine turns on ‘Microwave’

Company options Hess action-thriller

Indie company Alpine Pictures has optioned the police action-thriller “Microwave Park,” penned by Eugene Hess, who is also attached to helm.

Pic will star Chris Penn (“True Romance,” “Reservoir Dogs”), Michael Madsen (“Donnie Brasco,” “Reservoir Dogs”) and James Russo (“My Own Private Idaho”).

David and Dan Arnold of Arnold Entertainment will produce; Hess and Penn will also produce through their Square One Prods. LAPD detective Dennis Fanning, who contributed to the story along with Penn, will serve as co-producer.

Exec producers are Ryan and Roland Carroll and Alpine Pictures senior veep of production John Bunzel, who will oversee the project for the company.

Set in the 1980s, story revolves around four police detectives who unveil a government conspiracy to sell crack cocaine in South Central Los Angeles in order to fund covert overseas operations.

“‘Microwave Park’ is a terrific script with great characters and a ton of action,” said Bunzel, who brought the project into Alpine. “It’s an outstanding package.”

Hess does it

Hess, an AFI graduate, wrote, produced and directed “Don’t Do It,” starring Heather Graham, Esai Morales, Cherry Lee and Balthazar Getty.

Alpine Pictures is a Los Angeles-based production and distribution company established in 1995 by Ryan and Roland Carroll to develop original feature films and television programs for domestic and international markets.

Alpine’s latest project, “The Convent,” directed by Mike Mendez, will premiere at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.

Bunzel and Alpine senior veep of business and legal affairs Fran Freedman brokered Alpine’s deal; Ivy Kagan Bierman of Katten Muchin and Zavis repped Arnold Entertainment.

Penn, Hess and Fanning were repped by Robert Stulberg of Armstrong Hirsch Jackoway Tyerman and Wertheimer.

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