Intermedia Films has hired scribes Craig Borten and Melissa Wallack to pen a pic inspired by a June “60 Minutes” segment on industrial animal farming, in a deal valued at $200,000 against $400,000.
Told from multiple points of view in the vein of John Sayles’ “Matewan” and Steven Soderbergh’s “Traffic,” pic will examine the deleterious effects of industrial farming on livestock, consumers and the environment.
The the treatment of industrially farmed animals, which are pumped with antibiotics and hormones before they are finally slaughtered, is gruesome. But the effects on the community where they are raised might be equally troubling. Allegations of antibiotics losing their effectiveness in the community and of girls getting their periods as early as age 8 from consuming hormone-laced pork products abound, project insiders say. In addition, some 9.5 million tons of hog manure is produced in North Carolina every year, with plenty of it finding its way into public water supplies.
Insiders say multiple perspectives will be used in exploring the situation, from the migrant workers who raise the pigs to the industrialists who own them, to the organic farmers who are threatened by enormous companies.
Intermedia’s production exec Alex Brunner oversees development, with former Intermedia principal Nigel Sinclair producing via his Intermedia-based Spitfire production shingle.
Scribes recently penned “Dallas Buyers Club” which is set up at Universal Pictures with Brad Pitt attached to star and “Monster’s Ball” helmer Marc Forster attached to helm. Duo are also set to start writing a biopic on Jack Henry Abbott (“Belly of the Beast”) for producers Ted Hope and Josh Pollack.
Pair is repped by William Morris and managed by Benderspink.