Ron Shelton, the filmmaker behind sports comedies such as Tin Cup, White Men Can’t Jump and Bull Durham, is set to write and direct Escape Artist.
Announced on Friday by Gold Star Films and Signature Films and based on script written by Shelton and Al Reinert, Escape Artist will depict the true-life events that led Ed “Hacksaw” Jones to break out of 14 prisons and become the first person to ever be put on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list without ever committing a violent crime.
Gold Star Films co-chairman Joey Tufaro, Signature Films founder Marc Goldberg and production executive Sarah Gabriel are producing the film. John Watson and Kellie Davis will also be producing alongside Gold Star Films co-chairman Todd Trosclair, who will serve as an executive producer.
Escape Artist is slated to be shot in the greater New Orleans area.