The Walt Disney Co. is moving ahead with “At Seventeen,” greenlighting the romantic drama with writer/helmer John Stockwell attached to direct and a early August start date planned.
Pic will be produced by Harry and Mary Jane Ufland (“One True Thing”) and Rachel Pfeffer (“Civil Action”). Script was written by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi.
Project will be overseen by Buena Vista Motion Picture Group president Nina Jacobson, who was instrumental in bringing Stockwell aboard. Project will also be supervised by directors of development Jeff Clifford and Brigham Taylor.
Set at Pacific Palisades High, story focuses on a poor Latino who falls hard for a troubled girl from the affluent neighborhood — and the ensuing complication of that culture clash and relationship.
Stockwell recently wrote and directed the HBO original film “Cheaters,” broadcast in May, starring Jeff Daniels and Jena Malone.
His screenwriting credits include Warner Bros.’ “Metal God,” the Stephen Herek pic currently in production, starring Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston. He also wrote the HBO pic “Breast Men,” which starred David Schwimmer and Chris Cooper.
Stockwell is repped by UTA and Jared Levine and Warren Dern of Nelson, Guggenheim, Felker & Levine. Karen Bohrman repped scribes Hay and Manfredi on their deals.