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Single Cell’s speedy on tyro ‘Slo-Mo’ spec

Stipe, Stern move fast on feature

Single Cell Pictures partners Michael Stipe and Sandy Stern have optioned “Slo-Mo,” a spec script written and to be directed by John Krokidas.

Krokidas was a former intern for Single Cell, but he became much more than that to Single Cell through a short film he directed at NYU Film School. The short, also called “Slo-Mo,” is currently airing on HBO, and Krokidas expanded the concept to a feature-length script.

Pic concerns a writer whose New Yorker articles have made him a stud among the literati, who cannot wait for the upcoming book that will cement the scribe as an important author. The pressure has blocked him to the point where he has fallen into a parallel reality that operates on a much slower clock than the real world and makes it impossible for him even to communicate.

“I was not predisposed to like this, because to be honest, John was the world’s worst intern,” Stern said. “But this was the most original and inventive concept we read since Charlie Kaufman’s ‘Being John Malkovich,’ which we produced.”

Echoed Stipe: “It’s chaotic, funny, thrilling and raw.”

Stern said they are working with Krokidas to hone the script. They will then attach actors and go out for financing. They’ll first take it to United Artists, where Single Cell has its first-look deal and where they made “Saved!” At UA they are also prepping “The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint,” with Michael Cuesta directing his script.

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