Digital Mercury partner Richard Lewis has closed a three-picture deal with tyro scribe and UCLA screenwriting grad student Paul Castro worth $1 million.
For the first pic, “A Gift for Mom,” Castro will direct based on his original screenplay, which tells the story of a 16-year-old boy’s mission to find the man who raped his mother — and thus became his father — and to castrate him.
Second project is an idea given Castro by Digital Mercury’s Lewis. Tentatively titled “Noise,” story revolves around a prodigy who uses music to deal with the overwhelming world in which he lives.
The third project, another idea from Lewis, is “Twenty-one,” which centers on two childhood friends who make a suicide pact to be executed when they turn 21.
Digital’s Haley Fox, director of development, brought the project into the company along with Lewis.
Castro has directed several short films; the first was a finalist in the Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmakers national contest.
Castro is repped by manager Bettina Sofia Viviano of Viviano Entertainment and Marti Blumenthal of Writers & Artists.