Demian Bichir to Star in Low Riders Pic for Universal and Blumhouse (EXCLUSIVE)

Demian Bichir
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Oscar nominee Demian Bichir is in negotiations to star in the untitled Low Riders pic for Universal, Blumhouse Productions and Imagine Entertainment.

Ricardo de Montreuil is attached to direct.

Josh Bierne-Gordon and Justin Tipping wrote the current draft of the screenplay. Earlier drafts were written by Cheo Hodari Coker and Elgin James.

The project is an inspirational youth culture movie set in the East Los Angeles world of lowrider cars and street tagging. The story revolves around a teen caught between his traditional father, to be played by Bichir, and the teen’s estranged gangbanger brother, who are both competing in the annual lowrider “Supershow.”

Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer will produce with Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum. Kim Roth and Alexandre Dauman will oversee the project for Imagine, with Couper Samuelson overseeing for Blumhouse Productions.

Mister Cartoon and Estevan Oriol will exec produce.

The film is a passion project for Grazer, who has been pushing to get it off the ground for some time. Blum is just coming on as a producer, and the film is a change of pace for the producer whose past successes have typically been micro-budget thrillers and horror pics.

Blum and Universal are coming off a good weekend in which “Ouija,” Blum’s co-production with Platinum Dunes, scored the No. 1 spot at the box office. Given Universal’s strong ties to Imagine, the studio is happy to pair up two of its bigger producers.

The role represents a return to form for Bichir, who played a similar part in the Summit pic “A Better Life,” which earned him an Oscar nomination. He was most recently seen in the second season of FX’s “The Bridge.”

He is repped by CAA. De Montreuil is repped by CAA and Management 360.

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  1. Johnny Lozoya Jr.

    Super Events Entertainment / BrownWaterzDesigns

    From a child to a man representing the Lowrider Movement as a Mexican American. I will be looking forward to having the opportunity to support part of my life’s life cycle “Lowriding’. Along with the World of Lowridings lifestyles. Well Raza lets grab the chance and grab our tickets and trip on the flick.

    Stay Strong In The Mix RazaStrong BrownWaterzDesigns.

  2. Houston, TX says:

    How can you sign up to enter lowriders for the movie

    • adrian says:

      I would love the opportunity to be part of this movie being a huge fan of the low rider scene for years it’s great to finally see it being brought to main street media

  3. Lets make this film a real life story, not a glorified gang movie ! Cartoon and Steve have the Lowrider cred so hopefully the true story will be told. I have over 30 years producing Lowrider Super Shows as ” Super Events Entertainment across the South west and know there is more than the same old sophomoric version the the sport! Its time to graduate to another level and produce a well written and well directed production. Lowriding has bee around since the 1940s and the same old 10 cent worth story appears on the screen! Fill free to contact me for additional technical support Gracias Johnny Lozoya

  4. Dave Silva says:

    Another gang related film…..geez! On the other hand, I hope the lead actors bring some humanity to their characters.

  5. marianne sauvage says:

    Maybe it’s time people looked at Demian Bichir’s whole body of work, not just what he has been “allowed” to do in US. Type casting in the US is the bane of most great Mexican actors.
    Check out Demian Bichir in “Hasta Morir” and “Fuera del Cielo”
    So glad Javier Bardem was spared.

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