“Hotel Rwanda” scribe Keir Pearson is set to make his directorial debut with “The Tracks,” an adaptation of Mara Leveritt’s non-fiction tome “The Boys on the Tracks,” which Pearson will produce with Elizabeth Fowler (“Devil’s Knot”).
“The Tracks” tells the true story of Linda Ives’ journey to learn the truth about the murder of her teenage son, which thrusts her into the largest cocaine smuggling and gun-running operation in U.S. history. Pic deals in CIA-related conspiracy theories and ultimately concerns the Iran-Contra Scandal, which has never before been the subject of a feature film.
Producers have secured the life rights of several key figures, and Silver Reel Partners is on board to provide mezzanine financing for the project.
“Keir wrote a very powerful script and he is absolutely the best person to bring this incredible true story — that plays out like a Grisham thriller — to life,” said Fowler.
Pearson, who previously directed several award-winning short films at NYU, received an Oscar nomination for his first screenplay “Hotel Rwanda,” which he co-wrote with helmer Terry George. He recently wrote the script for Michael Pena-starrer “Chavez,” which Pearson is producing with John Malkovich, Gael Garcia Bernal and helmer Diego Luna.
Fowler is currently producing an adaptation of Leveritt’s other best-selling, non-fiction book, “Devil’s Knot,” about the West Memphis Three. Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth are slated to star in the indie pic, which Atom Egoyan is directing from a script by Scott Derrickson and Paul Boardman.
Pearson is repped by Management 360.