Daniel Adams, who spent over a year in jail for production tax credit fraud, has signed on to direct the thriller “Land of the Free” for producer and co-writer Marie Paquim.
Adams plans to begin shooting in the spring and then move on to the thriller “Panama,” as recently reported by Variety. He’s faced with making $4.4 million in restitution as part of his sentence.
“Land of the Free” is inspired by a true story about an F.B.I. agent fighting demons from his past who combines forces with an enslaved Portuguese woman to shut down a notorious human trafficking ring.
Paquim drew upon her on own real-life kidnapping and fight to escape slavery and said she chose Adams because of his background.
“Few people can understand the horrors I went through, but, due to his own recent experience, Daniel understands,” she said. “I cannot imagine another director that can bring to life the reality I faced. We both know what it means to be alone, imprisoned in a dark room.”
There is no cast currently attached to the film. Attorney Harris Tulchin represented Adams in the negotiations with Paquim’s production company, Utopia Lumiere Films.
Adams was released from prison a year ago after being incarcerated for inflating expenses to obtain production tax credits.
“Directing is what I know how to do,” he told Variety. “I had a lot of time to think about that in jail.”
He’s attached to direct “Panama,” an action-thriller he co-wrote with William Barber about an ex-Marine hired in 1989 by a defense contractor to travel to Panama to complete an arms deal. Barber is the producer and financer with Harris Tulchin as executive producer.
Adams submitted fraudulent tax filings to obtain tax credits on two films — 2009 period romance “The Lightkeepers” starring Richard Dreyfuss and Blythe Danner, and 2008’s “The Golden Boys,” starring David Carradine, Bruce Dern, Rip Torn, Charles Durning and Mariel Hemingway.
Adams was indicted in December 2011 on 10 counts of making false claims and larceny after his production company received $4.7 million in tax credits from the state of Massachusetts. He pleaded guilty on April 19, 2012, agreed to pay $4.4 million in restitution and serve 10 years on probation when he completed his prison term.
While incarcerated he developed a healthier lifestyle, losing over 100 pounds, and decided that he would focus on serious movies when he got out.