Director set for feature on human rights activist

Barry Levinson is moving from “You Don’t Know Jack” to “Brother Jack.”

The multihyphenate, who most recently took on an HBO biopic about Jack Kevorkian, is attached to helm a bigscreen pic about human rights activist Jack Healey for Columbia Pictures.

Coming-of-age story centers on the young idealist Healey, who leaves the priesthood for a life on the streets and successfully wages a one-man war to raise awareness of human rights issues. Script is being penned by Harley Peyton, with a rewrite by Kelly Masterson.

Film will be produced by Mosaic as well as Healey.

Col prexy Doug Belgrad hailed Levinson, who saw his Kevorkian pic nab 15 Emmy noms on Thursday, as “one of the industry’s most thoughtful, accomplished and acclaimed directors.”

Healey has been an outspoken stalwart in the human rights movement for more than 25 years. Colleagues credit him with making human rights a major focus of governments, advocacy orgs and individuals worldwide. He currently heads the Human Rights Action Network.

Belgrad and Jonathan Kadin will oversee “Brother Jack” for the studio. David Householter will oversee on behalf of Mosaic along with George Gatins.

Levinson and Masterson are repped by ICM.

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