Director Michael Corrente has set Alec Baldwin, Freddie Prinze Jr., Mena Suvari, Scott Caan and Jerry Ferrara (“Entourage”) to star in “Nailed Right In,” a Gotham-based drama scripted by Emmy-winning “The Sopranos” writer Terence Winter. Lions Gate will distribute.
Pic is the first of at least four that will shoot over the next three years through Iridium Entertainment, a new venture hatched by Corrente and partner Marisa Polvino. Former Wall Street exec Jay Bernstein will assemble the financing for the four films, which will cost $8 million-$12 million each.
Corrente began shooting “Nailed Right In” on Monday. Iridium will bankroll two more films that he will direct, plus a fourth to be helmed by Peter Care (“The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys”).
When Corrente locks “Nailed Right In,” he will begin prepping “The Berkeley Connection,” a Marshall Brickman-scripted buddy comedy that will mark the first screen pairing of Robert Duvall and Dustin Hoffman, with Jennifer Connelly also starring. That film will begin pre-production in the spring, around the time production will begin on the Care-directed “The Education of Charlie Banks,” a coming-of-age drama written by Peter Elkoff.
Corrente’s third directing vehicle, an adaptation of the Mike Stanton investigative book “The Prince of Providence,”is being scripted by David Mamet. Book is the story of Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci, who was brought down in a corruption scandal and sent to jail. Corrente directed the screen version of Mamet’s play “American Buffalo.”
Headed for the ‘Door’
Corrente and Polvino have worked together since the former began his directing career with “Federal Hill.” They most recently ran Revere Pictures for financier Roger Marino, where they completed four films, including Kim Basinger-Jeff Bridges starrer “The Door in the Floor” and the Clive Owen starrer “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead.” Corrente and Polvino may do future productions with Marino.
The timing was fortuitous: Director Griffin Dunne had been prepping the gritty crime drama “Nailed Right In” but then laid it in Corrente’s lap. Corrente enlisted his “Outside Providence” star Baldwin and the rest of the cast quickly fell into place. The drama was developed by Southpaw Entertainment’s Richard B. Lewis, who is producing with Corrente.
Winter, William Heinzerling and Rachel Rothman will exec produce and Polvino and Richard Perello are co-producers. They’ve set Kathy Morgan to handle foreign sales on the film after Lions Gate president Tom Ortenberg bought domestic.
“I’ve liked the script since it first crossed my desk and we tried to get involved as producers,” Corrente said. “Griffin heard that and said, ‘Corrente is the guy who should direct it.’ We all laughed, and then he said, ‘I’m serious.’ I said I would love to.”
“Nailed Right In” is the story of three boyhood friends who come of age in Brooklyn during John Gotti’s rise. When one becomes enamored of the Mafia lifestyle, it frays the friendships and puts all the pals in grave danger. Baldwin plays a mobster, Prinze, Caan and Ferrara the friends.
“This is one of those unique male stories about the bonds of friendships and how they get stripped away at taut moments,” said producer Lewis.Polvino said “The Berkeley Connection” came about after Corrente directed Duvall in “A Shot at Glory” and Hoffman in “American Buffalo.”
“When we worked with them, each told these great stories about the other, and we decided to get a screenplay that would finally get them in a film together,” Polvino said. “We brought it to Marshall, who really delivered.”