EXCLUSIVE: Michael Starrbury has been brought on board to rewrite Morgan Creek Productions’ Tupac Shakur biopic. Starrbury wrote the screenplay for The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, which is premiering at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The Tupac film was announced by Morgan Creek in early 2011. The screenplay for the movie about the iconic hip hop artist, who was killed in 1996, was originally written by Steve Bagatourian, Stephen Rivele and Christopher Wilkinson. James Robinson, David Robinson, and LT Hutton are producing, with Tupac’s mother Afeni Shakur as executive producer. The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, about two abandoned small boys trying to survive in the city, is generating a lot of interest at Sundance even though it doesn’t premiere until January 25. Select buyers got an advance look by attending a volunteer Inevitable screening on January 17. Starrbury is also currently finishing up adapting the graphic novel The Great Unknown for New Line. Mark Gordon and Jennifer Todd are producing the action comedy, with Jorma Taccone directing. Michael Starrbury is repped by CAA and Caliber Media.
Toronto Briefs: Grosvenor Park Lends Again, Morgan Creek Co-Fi’s ‘The Thing’ And Dustin Hoffman Sets ‘Quartet’
* Grosvenor Park will once again lend money to film productions, forming UK-based EIS Film Fund to disperse $100 million each year for productions. Grosvenor Park fled from the film-financing scene in 2008, when the economy and the independent film business hit the rocks. The target is films with budgets ranging from $10 million to $30 million. Grosvenor Park will also produce senior, gap and tax lending collateralized by territorial distribution sales and production tax incentives, which was how the company lended to films in the past. “Now is an optimal time to re-enter the film-lending space given the strength of the marketplace and the current industry dynamics as evidenced by a resurgence of sales activity at the most recent film markets,” said GP’s Don Starr.
* Morgan Creek has become a co-financier on Universal’s remake of The Thing. The studio releases Morgan Creek’s films in the U.S. including the upcoming Jim Sheridan-directed Dream House, which stars Daniel Craig, Naomi Watts and Rachel Weisz. The Thing is a prequel to John Carpenter’s 1982 classic and it’s directed by Matthijs van Heijningen and produced by Strike Entertainment partners Marc Abraham and Eric Newman.
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