'Old Man' tops slate for new company

Indie producer Anthony Mastromauro has launched Identity Films with veteran exec Stephanie Striegel, who’s done stints at New Line and Spyglass.

Identity is developing a slate comprised of both mainstream and specialty titles, including “The Old Man and the Gun,” based on an article by David Grann about bank robber and prison escape artist Forrest Tucker, who evaded law enforcement for 30 years after escaping from San Quentin in 1979. Tucker was finally apprehended while trying to rob a bank.

Identity picked up the option for “The Old Man and the Gun” after it had been in development at Warners. Grann has written “The Lost City of Z” and “City of Water” for Paramount and “True Crime” for Focus.

The banner is also developing “The Garden of Betrayal,” based on a soon-to-be-published novel by Lee Vance that centers on an international conspiracy and the struggle to control global oil and energy. Vance’s novel will be published in August by Alfred A. Knopf.

Striegel worked on “27 Dresses” and “Connie and Carla” at Spyglass and “How to Deal” and “The Number 23″ at New Line. She also worked for Bigel Entertainment and You’re Faded Films, Dennis Farina’s production company.

Mastromauro’s credits include “Artie Lange’s Beer League” and “King of the Corner.”

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