Luke Flynn will play his grandfather Errol in “In Like Flynn,” a film that tells the story of his pre-Hollywood adventures on the high seas.
Scripted by Flynn, Corey Large and Kyle Kramer from Flynn’s own memoir “Beam Ends,” the $12 million film will start production next year in Australia. Shimon Arama is producing with Large and Alan Pao. The book’s title refers to the last visible sign before a ship sinks.
Large and Flynn started writing after they starred together in “Window Theory,” a romantic comedy Large wrote and produced. Flynn owned the rights to his grandfather’s book, which portrayed Flynn as a swashbuckling daredevil long before he became a film star. That included opium smuggling, womanizing, bar brawling and gold mining, all in the name of getting to Hollywood.
“The film begins with a 23-year-old who’d been bitten by the acting bug but had no money to make his way from Australia to take a film role he’d been offered,” said Large, who’ll play one of Flynn’s shipmates and put the film together through his Wingman Productions banner. “He won a boat in a card game and set sail with three friends. And everything that could go wrong went wrong.”
Flynn, who is 30 and lives in Miami Beach, didn’t set out to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps. He was raised in Jamaica, on a ranch and farm his grandfather bought for his retirement. Flynn went to high school in New York, and began acting small roles after an early stint as a model.
He has also been writing steadily, and in addition to “In Like Flynn,” he’s scripting a film about Sean Flynn, his uncle and Errol’s son, a photo journalist who made his mark in Vietnam, vanished in Cambodia and — the family believes — was executed by the Khmer Rouge regime.
“When I read his book ‘Beam Ends,’ I thought it was a life that would make an interesting movie even if he hadn’t become a famous actor,” Flynn said.