Oscar nominee Demian Bichir is in negotiations to star in the untitled Low Riders pic for Universal, Blumhouse Productions and Imagine Entertainment.
Ricardo de Montreuil is attached to direct.
Josh Bierne-Gordon and Justin Tipping wrote the current draft of the screenplay. Earlier drafts were written by Cheo Hodari Coker and Elgin James.
The project is an inspirational youth culture movie set in the East Los Angeles world of lowrider cars and street tagging. The story revolves around a teen caught between his traditional father, to be played by Bichir, and the teen’s estranged gangbanger brother, who are both competing in the annual lowrider “Supershow.”
Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer will produce with Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum. Kim Roth and Alexandre Dauman will oversee the project for Imagine, with Couper Samuelson overseeing for Blumhouse Productions.
Mister Cartoon and Estevan Oriol will exec produce.
The film is a passion project for Grazer, who has been pushing to get it off the ground for some time. Blum is just coming on as a producer, and the film is a change of pace for the producer whose past successes have typically been micro-budget thrillers and horror pics.
Blum and Universal are coming off a good weekend in which “Ouija,” Blum’s co-production with Platinum Dunes, scored the No. 1 spot at the box office. Given Universal’s strong ties to Imagine, the studio is happy to pair up two of its bigger producers.
The role represents a return to form for Bichir, who played a similar part in the Summit pic “A Better Life,” which earned him an Oscar nomination. He was most recently seen in the second season of FX’s “The Bridge.”
He is repped by CAA. De Montreuil is repped by CAA and Management 360.