Lynette Howell and Jamie Patricof’s Electric City Entertainment are partnered with Australian writer-director Diesel Schwarze to develop “Ziggy” as his debut feature film. British music producer and songwriter Alex Da Kid is also on board the project and the team is currently developing the original contemporary music for the film.
DeHaan will portray a hunchback escape artist who arrives in New York during the mass-culture boom of the late 1920s and falls in love with the fiance (Mara) of a powerful media mogul. The story will chart his rise to fame and subsequent fall amid a romantic world crashing down on its own idealism.
“Diesel has written an incredibly beautiful and ambitious story and his background working under Baz Luhrmann combined with his prolific commercial work, lends itself to bringing this story to life in a visually inspired and exciting way,” Howell said.
Diesel began his career under Luhrmann during “Moulin Rouge” and “La Boheme” on Broadway and worked in commercials directing as “Augustus Punch.”
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Alex Da Kid produced Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie,” co-produced Rihanna’s “Loud” and produced Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive.” He has his own label, Kidinakorner, under Interscope Records.
CAA and WME are representing the film’s domestic distribution rights.
DeHaan was seen in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” and “Life After Beth” and has Anton Corbijn’s “Life” and Justin Chadwick’s “Tulip Fever” in post-production.
Mara has four films in post-production: Stephen Daldry’s “Trash,” an untitled Terrence Malick project, Todd Haynes’ “Carol” and Joe Wright’s “Pan.”
Diesel is repped by CAA and Robert Wallerstein. DeHaan is repped by CAA and The Schiff Co. Mara is repped by WME and Management 360.