David Grossman to helm drama rooted in 2009 doc about Mexican-American case
“Desperate Housewives” star Eva Longoria is set to exec produce a feature remake of Carlos Sandoval and Peter Miller’s award-winning 2009 documentary “A Class Apart” through her UnbeliEVAble Entertainment banner.Sandoval and Miller will produce the pic, which David Grossman (“Desperate Housewives”) is onboard to direct and exec produce. “A Class Apart” was the first major doc about the post-World War II struggle by Mexican Americans to dismantle Jim Crow-style discrimination against them. The story is built around a landmark 1954 legal case, Hernandez v. Texas, in which an band of Mexican Americans brought a discrimination case all the way to the Supreme Court and won. Film follows the lead attorneys — the charismatic but flawed Gus García and the cerebral Carlos Cadena — as they forged a daring legal strategy that called their own racial identities into question by arguing that Mexican Americans were “a class apart” who did not neatly fit into a legal structure that only recognized blacks and whites. Doc interweaves the story of its central characters — activists and lawyers, returning veterans and ordinary citizens — with the broader history of Latinos in America during a time of change. Sandoval and Miller’s production company, Camino Bluff Prods., is dedicated to making independent films that reflect and are inspired by the Latino experience in the U.S. Longoria is repped by CAA, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and attorney Brad S. Small, while Grossman is repped by UTA and Evolution Entertainment.