Commercials helmer Graham Henman will get his break at feature filmmaking with “Bone in the Throat” for New Line Cinema.
Pic, which will be produced by Gotham-based Spanky Pictures’ Ted Demme and Joel Stillerman, is a black comedy about a talented 21-year-old New York chef whose family ties to the mob interfere with his career plans.
“Bone,” which was written by Stephen Susco and John Weidner, is based on the novel by Anthony Bourdain.
British-born Henman, who is best-known for his comic auto and beer commercials for clients including Chevrolet, Volkswagen, Miller Beer and Budweiser, runs a commercials production entity, HKM Prods., along with two partners.
“This film is going to be dark and ‘Fargo’-esque, and it’ll re-invent the wise guy genre,” Henman said.
He has been looking for a feature to direct for several years, and was attached at one time to New Line and Capella Films’ spoof “Dairy Queens.” He parted ways with that project due to creative differences, but maintained his relationship with New Line.
Henman is working with Susco and Weidner on a final script polish of “Bone,” which he expects to be ready for greenlight approval by New Line Prods. prexy Michael De Luca by early July.
De Luca and Amy Henkels, the Gotham-based vice president of production, are the New Line execs on the project. Spanky head of development Tracy Falco brought the project to the company.
Scribes Susco and Weidner’s other scripts include the comedy-actioner “Johnny Nitrate.”
Henman is repped by APA’s David Saunders.