'Monster' pair try on genes

Peterson, Bernstein reteam for drama about DNA

The producer and cinematographer of "Monster" are taking on another female-themed drama.

Clark Peterson, who produced the Charlize Theron-toplined Oscar winner, and Steven Bernstein, who served as its DP, will collaborate on "Decoding Annie Parker," a story of the discovery of the breast-cancer gene. Peterson will produce and Bernstein will make his directorial debut.

The movie centers on Parker, a real-life breast-cancer patient who believed her illness had a genetic component, and weaves in the story of the researchers whose mission it was to determine the role DNA plays in the deadly disease.

Doctors dismissed Parker's beliefs, but she was ahead of her time: The group's research eventually led to the discovery of BRCA1, which is associated with breast and ovarian cancer.

Screenwriter Michael Moss, a doctor who knew of Parker's story from medical circles, is penning the screenplay. Tom Berry's Reel One Entertainment is financing, with Berry exec producing.

Filmmakers are out to cast and aim to shoot this year.

Peterson, who made his name on the 2003 Newmarket hit "Monster," recently wrapped "Dear Mr. Gacy," a story about a real-life college student who became obsessed with notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy. The pic is expected to make the rounds at film festivals in the fall.

Bernstein has served as a director of photography on a wide range of pictures and genres: He was the cinematographer on art house hit "Like Water for Chocolate" and on mainstream Hollywood comedies "Scary Movie 2" and "White Chicks."
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