NEW YORK — Andrew Lauren Prods. has optioned Melvin Jules Bukiet’s novel “After,” with Srdjan Dragojevic (“Pretty Village, Pretty Flames”) attached to direct from his own adaptation.
Pic, budgeted at $10 million, is a post-Holocaust heist film in which three survivors aim to steal a 64-cubic-foot block of gold, made from the melted fillings of murdered Jews. Gotham-based Lauren will produce along with his Los Angeles-based prexy of production Judd Landon.
Lauren, whose father is clothing manufacturer Ralph Lauren, and Landon recently produced the shingle’s first pic, “G,” a hip-hop romantic drama helmed by Christopher Scott Cherot (“Hav Plenty”) and starring Blair Underwood and Richard T. Jones.
Film, in which Lauren also appears, will preem at the Tribeca Film Festival next week, where Andrew Herwitz of the Film Sales Corp. will rep it. “G” is described as a black version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby.”
Andrew Lauren Prods. provides financing for low-budget pics. The $10 million “G” was its first production. Previously, the company exec produced “Uncorked,” starring Minnie Driver and Nigel Hawthorne. Shingle is developing four other projects, including “Blue Jean.”
Dragojevic’s “Pretty Village” was distributed by Miramax in 1996. He also helmed “The Wounds.”
Bukiet, who last penned the novel “Strange Fire” and edited “Nothing Makes You Free: Writings by Descendants of Jewish Holocaust Survivors,” is repped by the Lynn Pleshette Agency and Jennifer Lyons of the Gotham-based Joan Davies Agency.