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Fine Line options cop story ‘Pride’

Gavin O'Connor to direct

Fine Line Features has optioned “Pride and Glory” from Gregory and Gavin O’Connor, the directing-producing brothers behind Fine Line’s Academy Award-nominated “Tumbleweeds.”

The O’Connors penned “Pride” along with former New York City police officer Robert A. Hopes. Gavin O’Connor, who helmed “Tumbleweeds,” will direct. Joe Carnahan (“Blood, Guts, Bullets & Octane,” “Narc”) will rework the script for the O’Connors. Fine Line prexy Mark Ordesky and creative exec Mike Macari will oversee the project for the shingle.

Production is expected to begin later in the year.

“This is a story that is very close to both of the O’Connors,” said Ordesky. “We look forward to putting the creative wheels in motion.”

“Pride and Glory” is a gritty drama that looks deeply into the professional and personal lives of members of the NYPD. The O’Connors, whose father was a detective during the 1960s, have been granted rare access to the department and its officers. Interweaving tales of the lives of a three-generation family of cops, the story explores the gray areas that exist between the worlds of cops and criminals.

In an effort to bring verisimilitude to the project, Gavin O’Connor will intermix professional actors with real cops and criminals; the brothers are also shooting documentary footage for their research.

Fine Line’s “The Cup” and “The Filth and the Fury” are currently in release. Due out later this year is Jeremy Podeswa’s “The Five Senses,” starring Mary Louise Parker; Sundance award-winner “Saving Grace,” starring Brenda Blethyn and Craig Ferguson; French director Frederic Fonteyne’s “An Affair of Love”; and Lars von Trier’s Palm d’Or winner “Dancer in the Dark,” starring Bjork and Catherine Deneuve.

Jamie Kershaw, veep of business affairs for Fine Line, negotiated the deal with attorney Ira Schreck on behalf of the O’Connors and Chris Donnelly at Endeavor on behalf of Carnahan.

Marty Bowen of UTA and manager Ken Treusch repped Gavin O’Connor.

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