King buys Mort's thriller pitch
EmptyGraham King has acquired the rights to a murder-mystery pitch by "The Brave One" scribe Cynthia Mort.
The untitled project is being described as "a fast-paced morality tale" akin to the thriller genre films of the 1980s. King will produce under his GK Films banner.
Mort's "Brave One," which she co-wrote with Roderick Taylor and Bruce A. Taylor, stars Jodie Foster and Terrence Howard and premieres today at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film is set for theatrical release Sept. 14.
King said the story qualifies as the most dynamic and provocative he has heard in some time.
"It's such a thrill to find material you simply must bring to the big screen, especially when it gives you the chance to work with someone who is at the top of her game," King said.
Mort most recently penned and executive produced HBO's new drama "Tell Me You Love Me." The series, which premieres Sunday, chronicles the relationships between three couples in therapy. The show has made headlines for its depictions of graphic sex.
The writer also is attached to the MTV Films/Paramount Pictures untitled biopic based on the life of Nina Simone. Mary J. Blige is set to star.
Mort is repped by Endeavor.
An Academy Award winner last year for best picture for Martin Scorsese's "The Departed," King also produced "Blood Diamond," which received five Oscar nominations, also last year.
King, whose other credits include "Traffic," "Gangs of New York" and "The Aviator," launched GK Films this year. He remains a partner in Initial Entertainment Group.