EXCLUSIVE: Joseph and Jack Nasser has come aboard to produce and finance the crime thriller from director Dennis Lee (Jesus Henry Christ, Fireflies In The Garden). Steve Hanulik wrote the screenplay for Blood Ties, which centers on a disgraced hostage negotiator who is called in to resolve a crisis at a bank only to discover that the hostage-taker is his estranged father. Nasser Entertainment‘s credits include For A Good Time Call … and the upcoming American Heist and Final Girl.
Cannes: Upstart Mulberry Films Kicks Off With ‘Purple America’; Adaptation of ‘Ice Storm’ Author’s ’90s Novel
EXCLUSIVE: Mulberry Films comes to the Croisette for the first time with the intention of turning strong literary works into films. First up: Purple America, an adaptation of the Rick Moody novel that Dennis Lee will direct and which Lee will co-write with Daniel Ragussis. This will be the first Moody novel headed for screen treatment since the Ang Lee-directed The Ice Storm. Published in 1998, Purple America is a dysfunctional family drama about how the ordinary, commonplace tragedies of life can sometimes make heroes out of very ordinary people. A fortysomething returns to Long Island to visit his invalid mom, and discovers her husband has bailed. He has to learn to face up to responsibilities. He has previously made a career avoiding this kind of thing, which is why he has not much to speak of in his empty life.
Fireflies in the Garden premiered at the 2008 Berlin International Film Festival and screened in a few overseas territories but never found a U.S. distributor — until last week, when it was revealed that the Dennis Lee drama will be shown in select cities Oct. 14. Julia Roberts and Ryan …