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James L. Brooks’ Gracie Films Taps Daniel Sawka to Write and Direct New Movie

Daniel Sawka will write and direct an untitled new feature for James L. Brooks’ Gracie Films.

Sony Pictures will distribute, while Gracie Films produces the movie. The upcoming film will mark Sawka’s first feature at a major studio.

The deal comes after Sawka’s short film, “Icebox,” premiered at the Seattle Film Festival this year, then played the Telluride Film Festival and AFI Fest, where it won the grand jury award for live action short.

The short film caught the attention of execs around town following its festival run. Gracie Films was so impressed with “Icebox,” that it’s also producing the feature adaptation of the movie, which is currently in development.

Gracie Films is currently a producer on the STX Entertainment coming-of-age comedy “The Edge of Seventeen,” which stars Hailee Steinfeld and Woody Harrelson. Steinfeld just earned a Golden Globe nomination for best actress in a motion picture – comedy or musical, for her role as high school junior Nadine in the film.

Sawka is repped by WME, LBI Entertainment, and Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson.

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