Bull’s Eye Entertainment and FilmColony’s Richard Gladstein have teamed to option Mark Svenvold’s nonfiction book “Elmer McCurdy: The Misadventures in Life and Afterlife of an American Outlaw.” Gladstein and Bull’s Eye’s Cathy Schulman will produce.
Aaron Mendelsohn, whose credits include “Action Abramowitz” and “Air Bud,” has been set to script the story of McCurdy, an American outlaw shot in 1911, who re-entered the public consciousness in the ’70s when a movie crew preparing to shoot in a funhouse in San Bernardino County tried to move a hideous neon-orange mummy. It fell to the ground, revealing a full set of bones that turned out to be McCurdy’s.
Pic will begin after the skeletal discovery, as the outlaw is brought back to his hometown for a proper burial. It then delves back into the past and a major train robbery McCurdy was reputed to have orchestrated.
Gladstein, who produced “Finding Neverland” and “The Cider House Rules,” brought the project to Bull’s Eye, part of the Yari Film Group of companies that funds its own development.
Bull’s Eye most recently completed “Crash,” which premiered at Toronto and will bow next year through Lions Gate. That ensemble pic stars Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Brendan Fraser and Ludacris.