Film News Roundup: Lakeshore Entertainment Developing ‘The New Mrs. Keller’ Techno-Thriller

In today’s film news roundup, Lakeshore Entertainment is developing a Hitchcockian thriller, and Alex MacNicoll and Addison Timlin are starring in “Sleeping in Plastic.”

PROJECT LAUNCH

Lakeshore Entertainment is developing “The New Mrs. Keller,” a Hitchcockian techno-thriller based on Mark Hogan’s spec script, Variety has learned exclusively.

Lakeshore, which plans to make the movie in 2018, is keeping the logline under wraps. Lakeshore CEO Tom Rosenberg, president Gary Lucchesi, and Eric Reid are producing.

Hogan most recently adapted the Scott Selby non-fiction book “A Serial Killer in Nazi Berlin” for Mythology Entertainment with Jamie Dagg attached to direct.

Lakeshore Entertainment has financed the “Underworld” franchise along with “Runaway Bride,” “Million Dollar Baby,” “The Lincoln Lawyer,” “The Age of Adaline,” and “The Boy.”

Hogan is repped by Gersh and managed by Kaplan/Perrone.

PRODUCTION STARTS

Red Entertainment has started shooting crime drama “Sleeping in Plastic,” starring Alex MacNicoll (“Transparent”), Addison Timlin, Nick Chinlund, and Dash Mihok, Variety has learned exclusively.

Production has launched in Oklahoma with Van Ditthavong making his feature directorial debut and directing from his own script, set in a rural Texas town with a high school wrestler getting entangled with a drifter and her psychopathic lover. Lives intertwine and spiral violently out of control once he becomes her escort driver.

Red Sanders, president of Red Entertainment, said, “We were immediately hooked by Van’s fresh, compelling aesthetic, and even more intrigued upon learning that he was inspired to write the script as a photographer for Texas Monthly visiting small Texas towns on assignment. Along with our talented cast, we’re excited to see the journey he will take the audience on.”

MacNicoll is represented by the Gersh Agency and Joanne Horowitz. Timlin is represented by Gersh and Management 360’s Nicole King. Chinlund is represented by SMS Agency and Gilbertson Entertainment’s Gordon Gilbertson. Mihok is represented by Gersh and Untitled Entertainment’s Beth Holden-Garland.

REVIEW PROJECT

Gil Robertson, president of the African American Film Critics Association, has announced the launch of Kaleidoscope Reviews, a project to promote diversity among film and television critics.

“As the entertainment landscape changes and more movies, TV shows, Web series and shorts are produced by or feature people of color, there needs to be a corresponding rise in the number of film and television critics to evaluate these art forms and interpret their meanings from their representative communities,” said Robertson.

Kaleidoscope Reviews will feature articles about people of color from people of color. The project will involve students at Emerson College as well as journalists who are part of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers and the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment.

“Our goal is to empower the next generation of diverse media makers to become a creative force in the industry,” Robertson said. “We also hope to fuel the kind of collaboration and inclusion we want to see in our society, culture and future.”

RIGHTS DEAL

Grasshopper Film has picked up North American VOD and Non-Theatrical rights for Mark Grieco’s documentary “A River Below” following the film’s initial theatrical opening in New York and Los Angeles, Variety has learned exclusively.

The film examines the efforts of two conservationists in the Amazon to bring about change by using the national media, only to discover the consequences of their actions come with a high price.

The film debuted in April at the  Tribeca Film Festival and has been screened at the Hot Docs, Camden, and Melbourne Film Festivals. It won the Environmental Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest as well as the Audience Award at the Zurich Film Festival.

The film is a Sandarba Films production with Torus Tammer producing. Executive producers are Mike Erwin, Jeff Hewitt and Jerre Hewitt. Paradigm is handling North American sales.

 

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