Todd Black and Jason Blumenthal’s Sony-based Black and Blu Entertainment is going downhill.
The team will produce “Dizzy,” a love story and actioner set on the slopes of Telluride, Colo., amid its snowboarding subculture.
The “Dizzy” script is being penned by musicvid helmer Kevin Kerslake, who has directed videos for such alternative rock acts as R.E.M., Green Day, Stone Temple Pilots and Korn. Kerslake will also make his feature helming debut on the picture.
Insiders said pic is being budgeted at between $15 million and $20 million, and is being supervised by Sony’s exec veepee of production Matt Tolmach and by production exec Shannon Gauding.
The white-hot vid helmer is also attached to “Taking of Federal Hill” at Warner Bros., a pic being produced by Lauren Shuler-Donner.
“We’re excited to be the first movie to explore the unique culture of snowboarding,” Black said, “and the story is as compelling and beautiful as the slopes on which they board.”
“Dizzy” follows an unlikely romance between a snowboarding teen and a non-snowboarder girl. After accidentally forcing a friend into near financial ruin, the duo decide to go on the mother of all robbery sprees, “doing the wrong thing for the right reasons,” Black explained.
Rights to “Dizzy” were owned by Summit Entertainment, whose Patrick Waschberger and Bob Hayward then developed the pic with Black and Blu’s Jason Blumenthal and Todd Black.
B&B, which has a first-look deal with Columbia Pictures, then brought the picture deal into Col brass, who agreed to handle domestic distribbing; Black and Blu, Summit and the Steve Tisch Co. will supervise the foreign end. Frank Beddor (“There’s Something About Mary”) — himself something of an expert skier– will also produce.
Kerslake is repped by Endeavor and attorney Doug Stone, and is managed by Jeff Graup at Graup Entertainment.