〉 The spec script was previously featured on the 2015 Hit List.
The writer who helped bring Harry Potter to the big screen, Steve Kloves and 8 Mile scribe Scott Silver have been brought on to rewrite WHITE BOY RICK. The project comes from a spec script by Logan and Noah Miller that was featured on both the 2015 Hit List and the 2015 Black List. Yann Demange is attached to direct.
The story is based on the life story of Richard Wershe Jr., who at the age of 14 went undercover as an informant for local and federal law enforcement agencies and quickly went from being an asset to an issue after being arrested for possession of seventeen pounds of cocaine at the age of 17.
Studio 8 was originally developing the spec script from the Miller brothers, while Darren Aronofsky’s Protozoa banner was separately developing a different script about the same story from Andy Weiss. The projects are now combined; Kloves and Silver will no doubt help to suture the two stories together. That’s not to say that there isn’t competition out there, as Universal and Bluegrass Films are also in the works with a project based on Wershe’s story, The Trials of White Boy Rick.
White Boy Rick is being produced by Aronofsky with Scott Franklin. Rick Yorn and Julie York are producing through LBI Entertainment and Jon Silk is the studio executive for Studio 8.
Kloves is the screenwriter of the Harry Potter franchise, working on every film except The Order of the Phoenix. He also adapted author Michael Chabon’s Wonder Boys in 2000 and wrote The Amazing Spider-Man for Sony in 2012. He wrote an earlier draft of The Stand, now in development with director Josh Boone, and is producing the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – the first installment of which is due in theaters this fall.
Silver recently penned the screenplay for Disney’s The Finest Hours, with past credits that also include 8 Mile, The Mod Squad, and The Fighter. where he previously worked with producer Aronofsky. He is currently rewriting Pure Evel, which was previously in development with Aronofsky.
Kloves and Silver are both repped by CAA.
Josh Lyons | Managing Editor