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Lotus Entertainment has acquired Line of Duty, a spec script by NYPD officer turned screenwriter Cory Miller.
Miller spent four years working as an investigator in the NYPD Internal Affairs unit before attending UCLA, where he earned an MFA in writing and directing in 2011. He’s been editing and producing short films and music videos since, and this is his first sale.
Drawing on his experiences, Miller wrote Duty as a modern retelling of Shakespeare’s Macbeth through a police-thriller filter. In a tone similar to The Departed, it focuses on the tragic rise and fall of a heroic NYPD narcotics detective who is pushed to the dark side of police corruption.
Bryan Brucks and Matt Luber of Luber Roklin Entertainment will produce.
Lotus is the production and sales company run by Bill Johnson and Jim Seibel. It recently arranged financing with Silver Reel on Joshua Marston’s Double Hour with Joel Edgerton and Michelle Williams and also recently came onboard the remake of Park Chan Wook’s Sympathy for Vengeance, with Lorenzo di Bonaventura and CJ Entertainment producing. At AFM, Lotus’ hot title is A Hologram for a King, which reteams Tom Tykwer with his Cloud Atlas star Tom Hanks.
Miller is repped by APA, Brucks at Luber Roklin, and Lev Ginsburg at Ginsburg Daniels.