Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: In a big spec deal, Paramount Pictures has acquired Little Black Dress, a script by The Sopranos creator David Chase that will be fast-tracked to be the next film Chase directs. I’m told that this is a character-driven film about a twentysomething female war veteran who comes back from Afghanistan grappling with a disability. While working a potentially lethal investigation at a post-war job, she gets involved with a superstitious NYPD detective who helps bring her back from a personal precipice.

We are beginning to see more films dealing with the troubles facing vets returning from combat in the Middle East. DreamWorks has Jason Hall adapting the David Finkel PTSD book Thank You For Your Service, and Tom Hardy is teamed with Solar Pictures on Samarkand, a Greg Williams-directed drama about a British soldier who returns to battle the demons of post traumatic stress disorder.

It’s not surprising Little Black Dress has landed at Paramount, the studio run by Chase’s former Sopranos partner Brad Grey. The studio used its Paramount Vantage label to release Chase’s first post-Sopranos film, Not Fade Away, a small personal film about a ’60s wannabe rock band. Chase is repped by UTA.