HBO Pix races to ‘Brooklyn’

Vignettes to look at inter- and intra-racial experiences

HBO Films has begun production on “Brooklyn.”

Pic will explore class and race issues, centering on the daily interactions of patrons at a struggling Brooklyn diner. Thousands of story ideas were submitted by the public and whittled down to 60. Vignettes were then workshopped and further developed into a script by Jim McKay (“Our Song,” “Girls Town”).

McKay is now helming around Gotham. Cabler plans to bow pic in 2004.

“This film attempts, in a short span of time and via limited number of characters, to peek into the gray areas of inter- and intra-racial experience,” said McKay.

Pic will be exec produced by Nelson George, Sean Daniel and Caldecot Chubb. Effie T. Brown will produce.

“When Nelson George brought us the idea of making a movie with a completely fresh perspective on race in America in the 21st century, it seemed like a natural project for HBO Films,” said company prexy Colin Callender.

Local actors Reg E. Cathey (“S.W.A.T,” “Oz”) and Iris Little-Thomas (“Boycott”) have joined the cast along with legit thesps Ron Butler, Bridget Barkan and Stephen Henderson.

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