Helmer to take on romantic comedy

Production banner BoomGen Studios has tapped Marc Evans to direct the romantic comedy “Birthright” as a feature film along with a series of intersecting narratives that unfold across multiple media platforms.

The script was penned by the writing team Ari Issler and Ben Snyder after the duo went on a trip to Israel and spent an extended amount of time there. “Birthright” centers on a shy Jewish American boy who follows the girl of his dreams on a free trip to Israel only to wind up lost in Palestine, where further trouble ensues when he falls for a Palestinian girl and finds himself the subject of a media circus and minor political fiasco.

Evans’ credits include “House of America,” “Resurrection Man,” “Snow Cake,” “My Little Eye,” “Patagonia” and “Hunky Dory.” Gravitas Ventures and Variance Films acquired U.S. rights last “Hunky Dory,” starring Minnie Driver and Aneurin Barnard.

“Birthright” will be shot in Northern California, Israel, and the West Bank with plans to go into production in 2013.

Plans for “Birthright” were unveiled Tuesday by BoomGen’s Mahyad Tousi during a pitch competition for the Arte Pixel Pitch prize at the BFI London Film Festival.

BoomGen Studios was founded in 2007 as a producer of commercial entertainment focused on the Middle East and has worked on Disney’s “Prince of Persia,” Julian Schnabel’s “Miral” and the TLC series “All-American Muslim.”

Evans is repped in the UK by Sayle Screen and in the U.S. by Gersh.

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