Ray McKinnon, who helmed the Billy Bob Thornton starrer “Chrystal,” will next write and helm the indie feature “Randy and the Mob” for newly launched Capricorn Pictures.
“Mob,” starring McKinnon, Lisa Blount and Walton Goggins, centers on a good ol’ boy (McKinnon) who lands in hot water with some low-life mobsters, and then must seek help from his estranged, identical twin brother who is gay.
Benjy Griffith and veteran music exec Phil Walden head Capricorn, an offshoot of the Capricorn Records label. Capricorn was a Southern rock showcase in the 1970s and has played home more recently to bands including 311, Cake and Widespread Panic.
Ginny Mule Pictures and Timbergrove Entertainment will also produce “Mob,” which is set to lense Aug. 1 in Atlanta.
Capricorn aims to financially back and produce pics specifically by Southern writers and directors.
Unit’s slate also includes a bigscreen adaptation of Larry Brown’s novel “Joe,” currently in development.
“When we got hold of Ray’s script and read it,” Griffith said, “we thought it was absolutely brilliant. McKinnon has captured the real essence of classic Southern humor using the canvas of our modern-day South.”
Walden managed such music icons as Otis Redding, Johnnie Taylor and Sam & Dave prior to forming Capricorn in 1969. The label has played home to such acts as the Allman Brothers Band and the Marshall Tucker Band.
Griffith is a founding organizer and director of Security Bank, a holding company in Macon, Ga. He is also a founder of SPP Holding Co.
“Chrystal,” which made its debut at the 2004 Sundance fest, was acquired by First Look Pictures.