By: Sid Perriwinkle
I have just gotten wind that producer and writer Lionel Wigram has signed on to pen the script for DON’T EVER GET OLD. He will be adapting the screenplay from Daniel Friedman’s novel of the same name published in 2012.
The story centers around Buck Schatz, a long retired Memphis cop who is drawn back in to the game when he is told his old nemesis has escaped Germany with a massive gold fortune. As Schatz begins to investigate though, more and more unpleasant individuals crawl out from the shadows to claim the fortune for themselves. In addition to adapting the script, Wigram will also be producing alongside Peter Eskelsen through his company Wigram Productions. Friedman is also on board to produce.
Although Wigram has written before, his roots are mainly planted in the soil of producing. Back in the late 80’s he produced Joe Gayton’s “Warm Summer Rain” and Adam Rifkin’s “Never on Tuesday.” His first executive producer gig came in 1995 with Steven Soderbergh’s crime-drama “Underneath.” During the 12 years in between that and his next producing job, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”, he served as a studio exec at Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution. There he attached his name to projects such as “Collateral Damage”, “The Good German” and “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” In 2009 Wigram received his first writing assignment, penning the screen story for “Sherlock Holmes” alongside Michael Robert Johnson. For the 2011 sequel though, Wigram merely served as a producer. His current projects include producing “Seventh Son”, “The Giants of Groil”, “Sherlock Holmes 3” and writing the script for “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” alongside Guy Ritchie. He’ll also be reuniting with Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution for “Ice Men” and “Arthur & Lancelot.”