Screenplay comes from Nick Cassavetes

MoonQuake Films has acquired Nick Cassavetes’ screenplay “Kentucky Rhapsody,” which marks the company’s inaugural purchase.

“Kentucky Rhapsody” chronicles the real-life story of Kentucky Gov. Happy Chandler, who uprooted his family to Las Vegas in the 1970s. Project is based on the play “June Bug vs. Hurricane” by Chandler’s granddaughter, Erin Chandler.

“To launch our company with the acquisition of a script from such a distinguished writer as Nick Cassavetes is beyond what we could have imagined,” said MoonQuake founder and CEO Jonathan Avigdori.

MoonQuake, which has outposts in Gotham and L.A., has two other projects in development: comedies “Headshots” and “American Girls.”

Cassavetes most recently helmed and co-wrote “My Sister’s Keeper” for New Line. He currently is in post-production on the Hank Azaria-Ben Foster starrer “Yellow,” which Cassavetes directed and wrote with Heather Wahlquist.

Production on “Kentucky Rhapsody” is slatted to begin this fall in Kentucky and Las Vegas.

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