David Permut's Permut Presentations and Unbridled Films are developing a movie version of "The Queen of Kentucky," based on Alecia Whitaker's young adult novel.Katie Ford, writer of Sandra Bullock's "Miss Congeniality" and co-creator of NBC's new sitcom "Working the Engles," will adapt the novel. Permut will produce with Unbridled Film's Merry-Kay Poe and Permut Presentation's Chris Mangano exec producing.Ford and Permut previously teamed on the Lifetime TV movie "Prayers for Bobby.""The Queen of Kentucky," published in 2012, centers on a...
Permut is a hugely successful film and TV producer whose career spans four decades and over 40 movies and TV series, ranging from the blockbuster actioner “Face/Off” to the acclaimed, Emmy-nominated made-for-TV movie “Prayers For Bobby” and the classic “Richard Pryor: Live in Concert.”
He has a gift for finding inspirational and unusual real-life stories and material that translate well to movie and TV productions, and has been particularly successful at adapting these true stories for audiences around the world. Through Permut Presentations, he’s made projects spanning all genres, sizes and subjects, including “Blind Date” (Bruce Willis’ feature debut), the documentary “The Boys: The Sherman Brothers Story” and “Dragnet”, starring Tom Hanks and Dan Aykroyd, which started the trend of rebooting old television shows for the big screen.
Permut, whose first producer credit was “Give ‘Em Hell Harry!” which garnered James Whitmore a best acting Oscar nomination in 1975, recently produced the Mel Gibson-directed “Hacksaw Ridge.” Up next are two comedies set for release in 2017: “And Punching The Clown” starring J.K. Simmons and Sarah Silverman, which premiered at SXSW, “The Polka King” starring Jack Black, and the feature documentary “The Fabulous Allan Carr,” based on the life of the eccentric film producer.