Fully 'Loaded': Iliff to helm pic

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Veteran screenwriter W. Peter Iliff is set to make his directorial debut with "Loaded" for producer Tucker Tooley and is in final negotiations with producer-distributor Yari Film Group.

"Loaded," written by Iliff, centers on an FBI agent who is forced to smoke cocaine in the line of duty and begins a double life as a drug addict. He is partnered with a female agent who also hides her life as a sex addict. When he stumbles onto the case of a missing baby, they're forced to help each other solve their problems to finish the job.

"The film takes a straight procedural FBI story and does it in a Tarantino style," Iliff said. "We meet the characters at the bottom of their addiction and see them rise out of it. It's a hero's journey."

Iliff has had the script for more than seven years and said it defines him as a writer. "Bob Yari and Tucker Tooley are giving me this opportunity to transition to being a filmmaker, which has always been my passion," he said.

Iliff's credits include the Tom Clancy adaptation "Patriot Games" and the sports drama "Varsity Blues" for Paramount Pictures as well as the cult surfer action hit "Point Break" for 20th Century Fox. The latter recently was the subject of an irreverent homage in Rogue Pictures' buddy cop movie satire "Hot Fuzz."

"I loved it," Iliff said laughingly. "I took it as a compliment."

Since 2002, Bob Yari's Yari Film Group has produced the Oscar-winning "Crash" for Lionsgate, "The Painted Veil" for Warner Independent Pictures, "Dave Chappelle's Block Party" for Rogue and "The Hoax" for Miramax. The company's new distribution venture has released such films as "The Illusionist" and "First Snow." Upcoming releases include "Resurrecting the Champ" and "The Accidental Husband." The company is now filming "The Sophomore," starring Mischa Barton and Bruce Willis.

Tooley recently joined production-financing outfit Relativity Media as its head of creative, assigned to lead development and production. He will work on "Loaded" as an independent producer. Tooley's credits include "Shadowboxer" for Freestyle Releasing and "A Man Apart" for New Line Cinema. Upcoming projects under his Tooley Prods. banner include "We're the Millers" for New Line and "A Perfect Getaway" for Fox.

With Relativity principal Ryan Kavanaugh, Tooley produced "3:10 to Yuma," starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale for Lionsgate; "Mary Queen of Scots," starring Scarlett Johansson for WIP; and "Conquistador," starring Antonio Banderas.
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