David Oyelowo will star in and produce the movie “A Day in the Death of America,” which focuses on the 10 children killed by guns on Nov. 23, 2013.
Production companies are the Allegiance Theater, headed by Daniel Dubiecki and Lara Alameddine, and Eric Eisner’s Double E Pictures. They have acquired exclusive feature film and life rights to Gary Younge’s nonfiction book of the same name.
The 1- victims ranged in age from nine to 19, and the deaths took place in suburbs, hamlets and ghettos, with none making the national news. An average of seven children and teens are killed by guns daily, and Younge picked this day at random, searched for the families of the deceased and told their stories.
Eisner will produce and finance through his Double E Pictures. Oyelowo will produce through his Yoruba Saxon Productions. The Allegiance Theater’s Tim Crane and Younge serve as executive producers.
The book is published by Guardian Faber and will be released Sept. 29 in the U.K. and Oct. 4 in the U.S. CAA packaged the deal.
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Oyelowo is currently shooting the “Untitled Nash Edgerton Project” opposite Charlize Theron for Amazon Studios, and then will star in sci-fi thriller “God Particle” opposite Gugu Mbatha-Raw for Paramount Pictures and director Julius Onah.
Dubiecki produced “Up in the Air” and “Juno.” The Allegiance’s first project, “Money Monster” — starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts, and directed by Jodie Foster — makes its world premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival before opening worldwide on May 13.
Double E is currently wrapping production on the “Untitled Grateful Dead Documentary” being directed by Amir Bar-Lev with Martin Scorsese on board to executive produce.
The Allegiance Theater is repped by CAA and Richard Thompson. Double E is repped by CAA and Keith Fleer. Oyelowo is repped by CAA, Inphenate, Hamilton-Hodell and attorney Ira Schreck.
The deal was brokered by Younge’s representative Luke Speed at Curtis Brown U.K. Younge’s books include “The Speech: The Story Behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream,” “Who Are We – And Should it Matter in the 21st Century” and “Stranger in a Strange Land.”
The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.