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LONDON — British production banner Good Films, founded by producer Miriam Segal, has bought the rights to Randall Sullivan’s L.A. cop corruption book LAbyrinth.
Sullivan’s book, first serialized in Rolling Stone magazine, details the true events that surrounded detective Russell Poole’s investigation into a notorious L.A. bank robbery.
The evidence Poole uncovers implicates several members of the LAPD, as well as linking them to the payroll of the infamous Death Row Records.
LAbyrinth is billed as offering an insider’s look into the real-life world of renegade cops, rival gangs, racial tensions and hip-hop celebrities, and unveils the political nightmare surrounding the still-unsolved murders of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls.
Segal, who is also founder of bespoke packaging and development label George Films, said: “Our vision has always been to make intelligent, original, grown-up films with integrity, and LAbyrinth is no exception.”
Good Films has a unique business model that involves establishing long-term relationships over its entire slate with key partners such as Glen Basner‘s FilmNation Entertainment.
The LAbyrinth project completes Good Films’ slate of movies with budgets between US$10-$52 million, the first of which goes into production in summer 2013.
The company’s freshly inked deal with FilmNation will kick off during the upcoming Berlin Film Festival’s European Film Market.
The company’s 2013 production lineup includes The Infiltrator, with Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer) attached to direct.
Another big project planned for this year is Invisible, written by playwright Tena Stivicic with Everardo Gout (Days of Grace) attached to direct.
Other projects on the slate include the adaptation of crime novel Postcard Killers by James Patterson and Swedish author Liza Marklund, and an adaptation of New York-based writer Siri Hustvedt‘s novel What I Loved.
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Melvin Van Peebles