Showtime, Client John Singleton Developing ’80s-Set Cocaine Drama

John Singleton

4/29/2014 by Lesley Goldberg | The Hollywood Reporter Showtime is poised to explore the dark side of the 1980s. The premium cable network is teaming with John Singleton and writer Eric Amadio to develop Snowfall, a drama poised to explore the “Greed is good, cocaine is God” era of the ’80s, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Described tonally as in the vein of Boyz n the Hood meets The Wire, Showtime bought the pitch for the drama that will explore the stranger-than-fiction true story of how cracked changed Los Angeles. The drama is told through the eyes of a young man who would become the world’s first superstar drug dealer. Told from the perspective of a young African-American kid from Compton, Calif., a Mexican wrestler and a CIA agent charged with running money to the Contras, Snowflake will examine the beginnings of the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles. L.A. natives Amadio (After Sex, Columbus Day) and Singleton will co-write and exec produce the drama, with the latter attached to direct should it move to pilot. Michael London, Underground’s Trevor Engelson and Evan Silverberg will exec produce. For his part, Singleton has two other projects in development — a Miami-set club drama and New York-centered society entry — both at HBO. The Academy Award nominee’s credits include Shaft, 2 Fast 2 Furious, … Read More

AdamShowtime, Client John Singleton Developing ’80s-Set Cocaine Drama

Client Dito Montiel’s directed “Boulevard” gets Reviewed by the Hollywood Reporter

Robin Williams plays a man who has waited almost five decades to confront his own homosexuality in Boulevard, Dito Montiel’s tender but unsentimental take on a story that benefits from finesse. In one of the least showy performances of his career, Williams creates a character who, as written by Douglas Soesbe, doesn’t feel much like the men we’ve seen handle similar turning points onscreen. The actor will be an important draw at theaters, where admirers of Montiel’s A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints and The Son of No One will find a less gritty but still authentic-feeling film. Williams’s Nolan Mack is an educated, cultured man who lives as though in a straightjacket. Doing the same job at the same bank branch for decades without seeking to advance, he comes home to wife Joy (Kathy Baker) and makes small talk about whatever novels they’re reading before retiring to his own bedroom. He’s not a closeted man who has had anonymous gay liaisons all his life; from what we see, he doesn’t even appear to have a stash of hidden porn. He realized he was gay the summer he turned 12, and evidently went on about his life as if he … Read More

AdamClient Dito Montiel’s directed “Boulevard” gets Reviewed by the Hollywood Reporter

Client Andrew Bachelor featured on the cover of New York Magazine

Andrew Bachelor nearly deleted his masterpiece, a six-second comedy skit that, today, provides him a comfortable income. “I wasn’t happy with it,” he says. “But I posted it, and it was doing good, so I left it.” In the video, Bachelor—adopting his far more exuberant Vine character, King Bach—­offers to chase down a purse snatcher but executes an off-the-wall backflip in front of the victim instead. “Great, he’s already gone,” she says. “Yeah,” replies Bach, arching his cartoonish eyebrows at the camera, “but that backflip, though.” Two weeks later, he posted another Vine promoting “But That Backflip Tho” T-shirts by doing another backflip while wearing the shirt ($21 at Rodeo Arcade, an online store that primarily sells T-shirts based on viral videos). “But That Backflip Tho” is tamer than most of Bach’s oeuvre, which could be described as what you’d get by putting WorldStarHipHop videos, three-panel comic strips, and Chris Tucker into a Vitamix, then running that slurry through a Shrink o’ Matic. Recurring characters include a hood genie who appears when you rub a grape-soda bottle and a rapper whose freestyles always include homoerotic Freudian slips. “It wasn’t me being funnier than everyone,” he says of his success. “It … Read More

AdamClient Andrew Bachelor featured on the cover of New York Magazine

Open Road Films has acquired U.S. rights to client John Singleton’s directorial TUPAC Bio-Pic with a wide-screen release of at least 2000 theaters.

By Mike Fleming Jr | Deadline Open Road Films has acquired U.S right to Tupac, the long-awaited and highly anticipated feature on the life of Tupac Shakur directed by John Singleton. Scripted by jaremy Haft & Ed Gonzalez and Singleton, the film traces Shakur’s life from growing up in East Harlem the son of activist Black Panther Party members, to reaching superstardom as a songwriter, hip-hop and movie star, to his vocal position as a leader in East Coast/West Coast rap war, to his death. Shakur, leaving a Mike Tyson fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, was murdered in a drive by shooting, dying at age 25 in 1996. The film is being produced and financed by Morgan Creek Productions and Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films. The deal was set by Open Road CEO Tom Ortenberg, Morgan Creek chairman and CEO James G. Robinson, Program Pictures’ L.T. Hutton and Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films principals Randall Emmett and George Furla. It’s a reunion of sorts for Singleton and Shakur, as Singleton directed him as an actor in the 1993 film Poetic Justice. Open Road has committed to a wide-screen release of at least 2000 theaters. This film has been long in the making, but … Read More

AdamOpen Road Films has acquired U.S. rights to client John Singleton’s directorial TUPAC Bio-Pic with a wide-screen release of at least 2000 theaters.