'Kids' helmer chronicles South Central teens
Chris Blackwell’s Palm Pictures has acquired worldwide rights to Larry Clark’s “Wassup Rockers,” which Palm will produce.
Production will begin in Los Angeles this summer, with Fortissimo Films handling foreign sales.
Clark, who made his feature-directing bow with “Kids,” will feature South Central L.A. street kids in the leading roles for “Wassup Rockers.” Pic will follow the real-life story of a group of South Central teens who ride skateboards and listen to punk rock instead of conforming to their neighborhood’s hip-hop culture.
Inhouse producer Richard Brown, who will produce with Clark, brought the project to Palm. Palm’s David Koh and Steven Lehrhoff serve as executive producers.
Palm has also bought the spec “Kool Herc’s Breakbeat,” written by tyro scribe Paul Hirsch. Palm will produce the project with Maxmedia’s Sunmin Park (“The Others”). It’s the story of a DJ and hip-hop historian who goes on a quest for the Holy Grail — a record featuring the first breakbeat.
Palm has also acquired North American and Caribbean rights to Johnnie To’s “PTU,” which screened in this year’s Cannes Market. In the Hong Kong cop thriller, a police tactical unit tries to make its way home in the midst of a gang war.