Prison pics pitches for 'Blocks,' 'Penal' pull payola
Scribe Sheldon Turner (“The Booster”) has hit with two pitches, selling “52 Blocks” to Sony Pictures Entertainment and “Penal Colony” to Intermedia Films.
Title of “52 Blocks” refers to the secret fighting style practiced by prison inmates. Turner’s urban martial arts pitch follows a young ex-con who is forced to choose between a life of crime or nonviolence.
Pic will be produced by John Baldecchi and Jason Hoffs of Sony-based John Baldecchi Prods., with Columbia Pictures senior VP of production Andrea Giannetti overseeing development.
“We grew up in the ’70s on minimalist, old-school martial arts films,” said Baldecchi.
“Penal Colony” centers on two prison guards who orchestrate a riot and hostage situation to collect on an insurance scam.
Mark Johnson of Gran Via Prods. will produce “Penal Colony.”
Intermedia worldwide production prexy Basil Iwanyk and creative affairs veep Karen Belanger will shepherd “Penal Colony.”
The Endeavor-repped Turner praised Johnson as “a supportive presence” and called Baldecchi and Hoffs “two of the most attentive guys in the business.”