10 Producers to Watch
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They say Hollywood is full of egos, but David Guy Levy hasn’t gotten that memo.
“I try to think more about how to get a movie made — do I have a problem with the credit or do I want to get this movie made?” says the producer, who launched Periscope Entertainment in 2004, took “August” to Sundance in 2008 and this year completed John C. Reilly starrer “Terri,” which sold to ATO.
“When I had the opportunity to start Periscope in 2004, it was all at once, just being hit by a train in that I had come from making one feature and wanting to make more,” says Levy. “It was my intro to the industry, and I came in smiling and optimistic and I was tossed around the room.”
He seriously reconsidered his choice of a career but got some guidance from producer Chris Hanley; “He showed me early on that if you can get over the ego aspects” you can thrive.
Levy brought the “Monster Squad” remake to Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes at Paramount and will co-produce. Periscope also has Martin Amis adaptation “London Fields” in development with Michael Winterbottom attached to direct. Gemma Arterton stars, with Roberta Hanley and David Cronenberg adapting the script.
“Marching Powder” is also a Periscope project that Levy is very excited about. Based on Thomas McFadden’s book “Marching Powder: A True Story of Friendship, Cocaine, and South America’s Strangest Jail,” Don Cheadle is attached to star, with hot helmer Jose Padilha attached to write and direct. Levy’s Periscope is financing the film’s development and producing alongside Cheadle’s Crescendo Prods., Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment and Benjamin Goldhirsh of Good Worldwide.
“The movies I made were ones that I liked because I liked the central character,” he says. “I’m fascinated by the antihero, and I’m looking for more antihero films. I’m fascinated by human psychology.”
Levy recently wrapped “The Wait,” starring Chloe Sevigny and Jena Malone.
“It’s going to be a great year, but you never know how things will turn out,” says Levy. “I’m happily delusional.”
Age: 29Provenance: New York, NY
Inspired by: “‘Back to the Future’ was a life-changer for me. I have watched it more than any other film to date. It is what made me want to make movies. It was very magical for me, and showed me the power of cinema. I loved it so much I even wrote Harrods of London for a hover-board. I am still very much committed to acquiring one. The closest I have is a painting by Tom Wilson of the hover-board he rode in the sequel. And I even wrote a comic book called ‘Back to Back to the Future,’ which is being drawn right now.”