Ricardo de Montreuil, whose sci-fi short The Raven generated buzz this year, has signed on to direct Lowriders for Universal and Imagine Entertainment.
The coming-of-age drama has been described as being in the vein of 8 Mile, also made by Imagine and Universal, and follows a kid from Pacoima with a dead-end job and dreams of building the perfect lowrider. When he finds fortune and fame, the local bad ass wants a piece of him, and he questions his pursuit of the American dream.
Cheo Hodari Coker, a journalist who has written for magazines such as Vibe and Rolling Stone and was a writer on the Biggie Smalls biopic Notorious, wrote the script based on an idea by Imagine’s Brian Grazer.
Mr. Cartoon and Estevan Oriol will serve as executive producers.
De Montreuil is a Peruvian filmmaker who directed a couple of Spanish-language movies, including 2008’s Mancora, which was nominated for the Sundance Film Festival’s grand jury prize.
He then made The Raven, a short that was part of a wave of calling cards washing over Hollywood earlier this year.
De Montreuil is repped by CAA and Underground Management.