Toronto: Curtis Burch Developing Oakley Hall

Curtis Burch, exec-turned-producer, is developing “The Loss of Nameless Things,” based on the life of the late playwright Oakley Hall III.

Burch’s comic drama “Words and Pictures,” starring Juliette Binoche and Clive Owen, premieres Saturday in Toronto. Burch produced through his 6-year-old Latitude Prods. along with screenwriter Gerald DiPego and director Fred Schepisi; the film “was produced in association with Richard Toussaint’s Lascaux Films.

He’s aiming to go into production on “Nameless,” based on the 2004 doc by Bill Rose, next year. Burch discovered Rose’s film several years ago at the Austin fest.

Oakley was a rising star on New York theater scene before suffering massive injuries in a fall from a bridge in 1978. The documentary focuses on a local production of his play “Grinder’s Stand,” which he had been writing at the time of his accident, and his slow process of creating a new life. Oakley died in 2011.

Burch hopes the feature version, which has been fully financed, can connect with audiences much like 2001’s “A Beautiful Mind,” which was based on the life of Nobel laureate John Nash.

Burch credits DiPego and lit agent Jeff Sanford with launching “Words and Pictures,” the initial project for Latitude.

Richard Toussaint financed “Words and Pictures,” which is arriving in Toronto a mere six months after shooting.

Latitude is going into production later this month on another comedy “Life Itself,” starring Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton as a long-married New York City couple who find themselves in a real estate bidding war when they put their downtown apartment up for sale. Freeman’s Revelations Entertainment will produce “Life Itself” in association with Latitude Prods.

The project’s script is written by Charlie Peters and based on Jill Ciment’s novel “Heroic Measures.”

“Words and Pictures” is represented in Toronto by CAA and Voltage.

 

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