'Genuis' is a Railsback family affair

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Philip Railsback, the late writer of Universal's upcoming drama "Flash of Genius," will have one of his final scripts brought to the screen by his actor-director brother Steve Railsback: the darkly comic drama "Barstow."

Keith Carradine and Scott Wilson are attached to play supporting roles in the Monterrey Pictures Entertainment feature, which follows three desperate characters, one of whom finds hope in a small, depressed town.

The writer died three years ago. Rights to the film were handed to his brother, who directed the 1994 indie spy thriller "The Flight of the Dove" and is best known as an actor in dozens of projects since the 1970s, including lead roles in "The Stunt Man" and "Helter Skelter."

The late scribe wrote "Barstow" 10 years ago after living among poor residents of the eponymous California town. Three of his other scripts are in development at various studios.

Monterrey's Joseph Majestic and David Mendez will produce the $4 million feature. Associate producer Steve Besser brought the project to Monterrey. (partialdiff)
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