'Crash' co-writer based on JP O'Donnell crime thriller

Bobby Moresco, who won an Oscar for co-writing “Crash” with Paul Haggis, has lined up his next feature project, as he’s set to direct an indie crime thriller titled “The Harbor” that he has also written.

Based on the book “Deadly Codes” by JP O’Donnell, story is a redemptive tale of a shamed and discredited former Boston narcotics cop turned private investigator who takes on an intriguing murder case. His investigation pivots when he discovers the murder was part of a government conspiracy.

Author Joseph P. O’Donnell will exec produce with Lan R. Tauber, Elaine Rogers and Chris Byers. ICM is packaging the independently financed project, and Mary Vernieu is currently casting the pic, which is aiming to start production this fall.

Additionally, Moresco just turned in the script for a modern-day adaptation of Koreyoshi Kurahara’s classic 1960 noir “Intimidation” to Japanese studio Nikkatsu. Moresco is negotiating to direct that project, which is being produced by Mark Harris and Yoko Asakura. Should a deal make, Moresco would direct “The Harbor” before the “Intimidation” adaptation.

Moresco, who co-produced Clint Eastwood’s “Million Dollar Baby,” made his directorial debut with the 2001 pic “One Eyed King” before going on to co-write and direct the 2006 crime drama “10th & Wolf,” starring James Marsden and Giovanni Ribisi. He also co-created NBC’s “The Black Donnellys” and exec produced Starz’s original series “Crash,” starring Dennis Hopper. More recently, Moresco signed on to produce the Canadian political drama “Paris,” which Haggis will direct from a script by Dawn Kuisma.

Filmmaker is repped by ICM Partners and Intellectual Artists Management.

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