Propaganda to produce Schrader-helmed 'Autofocus'

Sony Pictures Classics is zooming in on a distribution deal for “Autofocus,” the Bob Crane biopic.

Greg Kinnear will topline as the “Hogan’s Heroes” star, with Willem Dafoe co-starring. Paul Schrader will direct from Michael Gerbosi’s script.

Propaganda Films will produce the $7 million pic, which SPC will handle as a negative pickup. Film, based on the Robert Graysmith book “The Murder of Bob Crane,” is expected to shoot at the end of November in New York and Arizona.

Kinnear will portray Crane, who became trapped in a downward spiral of taping his one-night stands. To make up for Crane’s lack of knowledge, video tech Johnny Carpenter (Dafoe) became his fellow latenight trawler. Crane was murdered in 1978, his skull crushed with a camera tripod. Carpenter was accused of the crime, but was acquitted after an eight-week trial.

Although still being negotiated, producing credits will be distributed among Propaganda’s Pat Dollard, Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, Todd Rosken and Alicia Allain.

Kinnear, who will be seen in the upcoming “We Were Soldiers,” is repped by CAA and Brillstein/Grey. Dafoe is repped by the William Morris Agency.

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