Ku's directorial debut centers on college shooting
Maria Bello and Michael Sheen have wrapped production on “Beautiful Boy,” an indie film directed by Shawn Ku,.Ku and Michael Armbruster wrote the script and Lee Clay and Eric Gozlan are the producers. Bello and Sheen play a married couple on the verge of separation when they are hit with the news their 18-year-old son committed a mass shooting at his college, before taking his own life. Pic, which just wrapped in L.A., marked the feature directing debut for Ku, who created a stir in Sundance for his unconventional musical short film “Pretty Dead Girl.” Moon Bloodgood, Alan Tudyk, Kyle Gallner, Austin Nichols and Meat Loaf also in the cast. Mark Moran, Richard Gabai and Richard Iott are exec producers. Bello was recently nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for “Downloading Nancy,” and Sheen most recently starred in “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” and “The Damned United.” Paradigm and Field Entertainment rep Ku.