With the Berlin Film Festival starting next week, expect to see a lot of new project and attachments news as filmmakers and sales reps converge on the European Film Market to sell their films. This is why we have the late casting news of Kate Bosworth and Alfred Molina joining Edward James Olmos’ dark comedy THE DEVIL HAS A NAME, which has already begun filming in Los Angeles. David Strathairn is already starring in the film along with Olmos himself.
The screenplay was written by Rob McEveety based on true events about a Texas oil baron (Molina) who gets into a standoff with a stubborn farmer (Strathairn) after his company poisons the water on his farm. Bosworth plays Gigi Cutler, the regional director of the oil company who has run into problems progressing because she failed to cover up the water pollution which has led to a possible corporate take-over.
Steve McEveety, Patrick Hibler and Rob McEveety of True Navigator Pictures are fully financing and producing the film with Storyboard Media handling worldwide sales at Berlin. Storyboard is a finance, production and film sales company founded recently by former Voltage and Lakeshore exec Elisabeth Costa de Beauregard and Phil Kim.
Bosworth’s most recent project was the mini-series The Long Road Home for the National Geographic Channel, while Molina recently received a Golden Globe nomination playing legendary filmmaker Robert Aldrich in Ryan Murphy’s Feud.
This is Olmos’ fourth film as director after 1992’s American Me, 2002’s Jack and Marilyn and the 2006 HBO film Walkout.
Deadline initially reported on this story.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor