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Scribe spins ‘Roulette’ wheel for 1984

Krystin Ver Linden lands blaxploitation tale with Adi Shankar banner

Tyro scribe Krystin Ver Linden has sold the blaxploitation pitch “American Roulette” to Adi Shankar’s 1984 Private Defense Contractors banner.

Ver Linden is putting the finishing touches on the script, and while plot details are being kept under wraps, story is described as being in the vein of Quentin Tarantino’s “Jackie Brown.”

Shankar and Spencer Silna will produce for 1984 Private Defense Contractors, which recently produced “The Grey” and “Killing Them Softly.”

A cinephile from Napa Valley, Ver Linden grew up around the movie business as the niece of “Mandingo” star Ken Norton and specializes in writing genre movies.

“Krystin is the best. She’s a badass. She’s Quentin Tarantino if he was a twentysomething year-old girl,” said Shankar.

“I look at Adi as the modern-day Roger Corman because he’s willing to take chances in order to make really cool, diverse movies. He believes in the artist and lets them do their thing,” said Ver Linden.

1984 Private Defense Contractors’s upcoming releases include the Mark Wahlberg-Russell Crowe thriller “Broken City,” which 20th Century Fox will release on Jan. 18.

Ver Linden is repped by Caliber Media and WME, which introduced the young scribe to Shankar, who has a similar taste in material.

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