MGM has picked up an original romantic drama pitch from Black & Blu Entertainment’s Todd Black and Jason Blumenthal and indie producer Mike Jacobs, Jr.
Story centers on real-life “behavior modification camps” –programs for which parents pay to have their kids abducted to sites as remote as Zimbabwe or Samoa in order to teach their children discipline and remove them from dangerous influences.
Robert Pucci (“The Corruptor”) is currently penning the script, which echoes “Romeo and Juliet” in the story of a high school girl who is sent to a camp by her father after he disapproves of her relationship with a young man. Her boyfriend then plots to have himself kidnapped so he can rescue his love.
“The heart of the story is, how far would you really go for the one you love?” said Blumenthal. “The film becomes an escape movie when he comes for her, but we want girls to turn to their boyfriends and ask, ‘Would you do that for me?'”
The project was originally brought to Black & Blu by Jacobs, who optioned a newspaper article about the camps. Not long after, Blumenthal saw a segment on CBS’ “48 Hours” that profiled both the camps and the families whose desperation had driven them to take such extreme measures.
The project will be a Black & Blu/Mike Jacobs Jr. production. Tom Hallick will serve as a co-producer on the project. MGM’s Alex Gartner is the exec supervising the project.
The Columbia-based Black & Blu is producing the Brian Helgeland-helmed “A Knight’s Tale.” Starring Heath Ledger, the picture is currently shooting in Prague.
Pucci is repped by the William Morris Agency and manager Jeff Field. Jacobs was repped by Brian Rishwain at Johnson & Rishwain. Black and Blu’s deal was handled by attorneys Alan Wertheimer and David Matloff at Armstrong Hirsch.