Imperative Entertainment will finance and produce Black List script Hot Summer Nights, a coming-of-age drama set during a stormy summer in Cape Cod.
Elijah Bynum wrote the script and will make his directorial debut with the project, which is slated to begin production this summer. Bynum was the only writer to have two scripts on the 2013 Black List, the other being Mississippi Mud.
Hot Summer Nights, set in 1991, follows a teen boy who befriends the town rebel. He falls in love and gets entangled in a drug ring — all over the course of one summer in the Cape.
Imperative’s Bradley Thomas and Dan Friedkin will produce the film, and Peter Farrelly and Casey Mott will executive produce.
“Bynum is an exceptional talent and is someone we believe will be a phenomenal director. In our experience, these types of visionaries come along very rarely and we have designed Imperative to have the resources and infrastructure in place to support them and help them realize their vision,” says Thomas.
Bynum, a former assistant at CAA, is repped by Verve and Kaplan/Perrone. Imperative, which is currently in production on Heroes Reborn, is repped by attorney Adam Mehr.