Fernando Meirelles, director of “The Constant Gardner,” is teaming with Luke Schiller of London-based Mango Films to produce “Uprising,” a drama about a slave revolt in 18th century Brazil.
U.K.-based Brazilian helmer Henrique Goldman will helm pic. It follows an English teen who travels to Brazil to live on a plantation with his estranged father and ends up joining a slave uprising against the plantation owners, including his own father.
Schiller and Goldman are also developing a feature about Jean Charles de Menezes, the Brazilian shot and killed by police in London in the wake of the July 2005 bombings. Stephen Frears is set to exec produce the film, which Mango will produce with Goldman directing.
Budgeted at e2.6 million, pic looks at Menezes’ life within London’s Brazilian community around the time of the bombing and the impact his killing had on his friends and family in London and in Brazil.
Schiller will co-produce with European or Brazilian partners.