Rocker Fred Durst will make his feature directorial debut on indie pic “The Education of Charlie Banks.” Shooting starts June 12 in Providence, R.I.
Jesse Eisenberg, who starred in Noah Baumbach’s award-winning indie “The Squid and the Whale,” is set to play the title role; Jason Ritter and Chris Marquette round out the cast.
Iridium Entertainment has partnered with management/production shingle the Collective to produce the project from a script by Peter Elkoff. The Collective reps Durst and Elkoff.
Story centers on a Vassar College student who gets an unannounced visit from the scariest kid from his old New York neighborhood.
Iridium has raised $10 million in private equity to finance “Charlie Banks.” Company partners Michael Corrente and Marisa Polvino are producing. Collective partner Sam Maydew exec produces along with Elkoff. Conrad Hall Jr. is aboard as d.p.
Durst is the front man for the rock-rap band Limp Bizkit. While “Charlie Banks” is his feature debut, it’s not the first time he’s stepped behind the camera. While with Limp Bizkit, which is on an extended hiatus, Durst directed many of the band’s musicvideos; he has been prepping to segue to features by developing several projects, including “Charlie Banks.”
Corrente recently directed the soon-to-be-released film “Brooklyn Rules” as well as 1999 pic “Outside Providence.” Polvino produced those films as well as “The Door in the Floor.”