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Veteran producer/writer Richard Salvatore’s March On Productions is teaming with Moonrise Pictures’ Colette Aguilar on a slate of projects, including new comedy The Wise Guys, written by Rob Steinman.
The slate also includes The Poison Rose, a noir thriller with a script adapted by Salvatore. Moonrise will finance the two films and handle international sales. Aguilar will shop the projects, now out to cast, to foreign buyers at next month’s Toronto International Film Festival. George Gallo is attached to direct both.
Paradigm is handling domestic sales.
Wise Guys tells the story of Bill Schwartz, an out-of-work, down-on-his-luck novelist who finds himself caught in the middle of a brutal feud between two legendary gangsters. The fish-out-of-water mafia comedy is in the vein of Midnight Run and Analyze This.
The Poison Rose is based on a novel of the same name that will be published in 2017 and is inspired by such noir tales as Chinatown and L.A. Confidential.
Salvatore has produced over 40 films including 2013’s The Big Wedding, starring Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton and Amanda Seyfried, as well as last year’s I Am Wrath, starring John Travolta.
Gallo (Bad Boys, Whole Nine Yards) is a frequent collaborator of Salvatore’s, dating back to Sony’s My New Boyfriend.
Moonrise’s slate includes the action film Momentum, starring Olga Kurylenko and James Purefoy, and the romantic comedy My Bakery in Brooklyn, now in European theaters (it hit No. 3 at the Italian box office in its debut).
Salvatore is repped by Paradigm; Gallo is with ICM Partners, Industry Entertainment and Gang, Tyre, Ramer and Brown.
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