Pic is based on the James Patterson “Middle School” novels and will be directed by Steve Carr. Adam Pally, Thomas Barbusca, Andrew Daly, Efren Ramirez, Isabela Moner and Alexa Nisenson have also been cast with production starting this month in Atlanta. Lionsgate and CBS Films will release the film on Oct. 7, 2016.
The story follows a middle school boy as he uses all of his wits to battle bullies, hormones and the tyrannical, test-obsessed principal. Hopkins plays one of the bullies he tries to out wit.
Leopoldo Gout and Bill Robinson are producing and Patterson and Steve Bowen are executive producing for James Patterson Entertainment. Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King of Participant Media are also serving as executive producers along with Michael Flynn.
In addition to producing, James Patterson will co-finance the film with Participant Media and CBS Films. Robert Kessel is overseeing the title for Participant. Scott Shooman is overseeing the project for CBS Films.
Hopkins currently has a recurring role on ABC’s “The Goldbergs.” He is repped by Strong Management, Paradigm, Commercial Talent and Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Krintzman Rubenstein Kohner & Gellman.