Lloyd shifts into first for ‘Rider’ redux

Jacques script has new duo 'in search of America'

Lauren Lloyd’s Sony-based Lloyd Entertainment has hopped on “Easy Rider A.D.,” the sequel to Columbia Pictures’ 1969 classic “Easy Rider.”

Lloyd will produce the project, currently being written by Sean Jacques. Pic begins with Wyatt “Captain America” Earp — originally portrayed by Peter Fonda — alive but in prison, falsely accused of the murder of George Hanson (Jack Nicholson). A new character sets out to prove him innocent and the duo then sets out “in search of America” once more.

No distribution is in place for the sequel, but Glenn Tobias, who acquired the rights to the iconic title from producers Bert Schneider and Bob Rafelson, is funding the film’s development and production.

Tobias told Daily Variety that he expects the budget to be in the $25 million-$30 million range, with shooting to begin next spring.

When Tobias first acquired the rights two years ago, he set up the project with Miracle Pictures but the option lapsed. He brought the project to Lloyd, who hired the Paul Kohner Agency-repped Jacques.

Tobias, who was an executive producer on 1998’s “The Gingerbread Man,” said his financing for the project comes from private investors.

In addition to film production, Tobias said his interests include Besdine Management, a company that exploits intellectual properties. On a similar note, he added that he is talking to designers with plans to market a clothing line around the “Captain America” theme.

Lloyd’s credits include “Freddy Got Fingered.”

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