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Emmett/Furla holds Hopper for ‘Ransom’

Thesp to star in teen thriller based on Duncan novel

Emmett/Furla Films has signed Dennis Hopper to star in the indie teen thriller “Held for Ransom.”

The film will be financed by Cutting Edge and First Miracle Group and will begin lensing Oct. 25 in Florida.

Based on the bestselling teen novel “Ransom” by Lois Duncan (“I Know What You Did Last Summer”) and adapted by Lee Stanley, the film will be helmed by Stanley and produced by Emmett/Furla partners Randall Emmett and George Furla. Tony Cataldo, David Glasser and Adam Stone will exec produce.

“We got involved in this project because of the huge successes of so many teen movies of late. We want to get into that act and have a huge admiration for Dennis Hopper and writer Lois Duncan,” Emmett said.

“Held” tells the story of a group of high school students who are kidnapped and must thwart their abductors, lead by Hopper’s character, only to discover that one of their parents is involved in the scheme.

Hopper was repped in his deal by Mike Menchel of AMG and Steve Brookman at Bloom, Hergot, Diemer & Klein.

Emmett/Furla and Rick Rosenthal of Grakal, Root and Rosenthal negotiated on behalf of the producers.