Loventhal, Leverage toil on ‘Recoil’

Ralph Pezzullo to adapt Jim Thompson's novel

Producer Charlie Loventhal and Leverage have partnered on a feature film adaptation of Jim Thompson’s 1953 novel “Recoil.” Ralph Pezzullo has been set to write the script. Loventhal will finance through a development fund he controls.

Story follows a young inmate who’s sprung from prison, only to be set up for murder by the same corrupt political insiders who sponsored his parole.

Loventhal will produce with Leverage and Judy Henry, a theater producer (“The Amen Corner”) who controlled the source material. Thompson’s previously filmed books include “The Getaway” (twice), “The Grifters” and “After Dark, My Sweet.” The author died in 1977.

Pezzullo most recently scripted “Jawbreaker,” an adaptation of the book he wrote with Gary Berntsen about the hunt for Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan and Pakistan, for Oliver Stone and Paramount. Pezzullo reteamed with Berntsen to write “The Walk-In,” a novel to be published in August by Crown/Random House.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety