Offline travels with ‘Woody’

Group continues to expand its slate

Gotham’s Offline Entertainment Group has hauled in theatrical rights to a WWII seafaring yarn about folk singers Woody Guthrie and Cisco Houston’s stints in the Merchant Marine.

“Woody, Cisco and Me” is attorney Jim Longhi’s 1997 account of the years he spent singing his way across the North Atlantic with the two performers in “hastily wielded ships” loaded with troops and explosives, facing torpedo attacks and other perils. The rousing adventure, said Offline film prexy Ezra Swerdlow, is “full of fantastic episodes to be carved into a narrative screenplay.”

The modest option is a further step in Offline’s efforts to expand its slate by “developing features on all levels, from urban pictures to big features,” said Swerdlow, who joined Offline a year ago after producing such pics as “Waiting to Exhale” and “Wag the Dog.”

Swerdlow will produce “Woody” with Longhi and Longhi’s son, Jaime. Bill Contardi at William Morris brokered the deal for Longhi.

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