Producer Gordon Bijelonic is launching development on the police thriller “Crossed,” written by the late rapper and actor Dwight “Heavy D” Myers and Avery O. Williams.
Bijelonic, a longtime friend of Heavy D, announced the project on Tuesday on what would have been Heavy D’s 49th birthday. The rapper’s daughter Xea Myers will executive produce.
“It’s a way to celebrate the legacy of a great man, and another way for Hev, years after his passing, to continue to take care of his daughter that he loved so much,” Bijelonic said. “Hev was loved by the entire community.”
The story is inspired by a gritty NYPD detective who jeopardizes his life and career when he crosses legal and moral lines to bring a drug kingpin to justice. Williams said the project had been developed with Heavy D in the leading role, noting that the rapper had dropped weight, improved his physique and starred in a play in preparation.”
Bijelonic’s recent producing credits include Keira Knightley’s “Laggies”, Robins Williams’ “Angriest Man in Brooklyn” and John Travolta’s “The Forger.” Bijelonic is also currently developing a Nikola Tesla biopic.
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Heavy D, a native of Jamaican, was the leader of the group Heavy D & the Boyz, which produced five albums. He later became an actor, appearing in “Law & Order” and movies such as “Life,” “Tower Heist” and “The Cider House Rules.”
He died in 2011 of a pulmonary embolism at the age of 44.
“I knew my dad wanted to be a writer and an actor,” Xea Myers said. “And I’m so happy this (‘Crossed’) will happen for him now because he deserves it.”