Yann Demange to Direct Rick Wershe Jr.-Inspired Movie

Yann Demange will be directing an untitled drama from Studio 8 inspired by Rick Wershe Jr., a teenager who became an undercover informant for the police in the 1980s.

Wershe was ultimately arrested for drug trafficking and sentenced to life in prison.

Logan and Noah Miller penned the script, with John Lesher producing alongside his LBI Entertainment partners Rick Yorn and Julie Yorn. Studio 8 is also in talks to acquire a script by Andy Weiss that is also about the Wershe story, with Wershe himself consulting and Protozoa’s Scott Franklin and Darren Aronofsky serving as producers. Wershe will continue to help develop this project, and Franklin and Aronofsky will join Lesher and the Yorns as producers.

The studio will help finance the film through funding from the Chinese-based Fosum Group, with Sony handling distribution.

Demange, who broke out after directing Jack O’Connell’s “’71,” is currently developing a handful of films, including “The Seven Five” for Sony, which is another true crime story (following a group of corrupt cops in ’80s New York), and an untitled thriller for New Regency and Plan B.

Demange is repped by CAA, Independent Talent Group and Carlos Goodman. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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