Range to write, direct Paramount pic

di Bonaventura to produce untitled drama

Gabriel Range, whose pseudo-documentary “Death of a President” stirred controversy last year, will write and direct an untitled drama for Paramount Pictures and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura.

Pic will be a fictional look at a real event about a young man who turns up at a home and tells a couple that he’s their child who disappeared years ago.

“Of all the stories I covered while making documentaries, this was the most extraordinary story I’ve ever come across, with the most extraordinary central character, whom I’d spent hours interviewing in a federal detention center,” Range said.

Range said the tale has some surprising twists and turns, but it will be hard for him to outdo the outcry when “Death of a President” — which depicted the assassination of President George W. Bush — premiered at the previous Toronto Film Festival.

“If I’d depicted the assassination of a sitting president purely for entertainment, with nothing else to say, that would have been worthy of all the criticism,” he said. “We tried to raise political consciousness and explore what that administration did after 9/11, and using the assassination as a starting point certainly drew an audience to those issues.”

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