Eden Road Pictures Launches With Barkhad Abdi Project

Luke Jaden Sawicki, Cort Johns and Phil Wurtzel are forming Eden Road Pictures to produce positive stories for the big screen, starting with a Barkhad Abdi drama, Variety has learned exclusively.

Eden Road plans to expand their completed short film, “The Wolf Who Cried Boy,” into a feature-length movie. Abdi, who received an Oscar nomination for “Captain Phillips,” stars with Dwight Henry (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”).

Sawicki, Johns and Wurtzel are producers on “Wolf,” a 15-minute short which centers on a young man who gets swept into the seedy underbelly of the scrapping industry. Abdi plays a limo driver who acts as a fence for stolen copper.

“We made the short so that we could take it on the festival circuit,” Sawicki told Variety. “We have a feature written but we’re following the ‘Whiplash’ model. It’s already written, so the short is being used pretty much as the proof-of-concept.”

“Whiplash,” which debuted at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, was based on Damien Chazelle’s short film of the same name, which premiered a year earlier.

“We want to tell stories we can all be proud of by awakening audiences with the power of honesty,” Sawicki said.

“We feel that there are so many positive stories to tell and we want people to know what they can expect with an Eden Road production,” Johns added.

Eden Road is also in development on movie projects based on Dean Dimitrieski‘s “Tears For My City”; “Hacker,” based on the novel by Ted Dekker; James P. Hogan’s science-fiction novel “The Genesis Machine”; and William Paul Young’s “Cosmos at the Crossroads.”

Eden Road is represented by CAA.

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